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In Iraq, residents of Amerli celebrate end of militant siege
In Iraq, residents of Amerli celebrate end of militant siege

For 82 days and nights, Muammar Kamal stood watch from the roof of his home with a foam mattress, a pair of binoculars and his Kalashnikov rifle. Several hundred yards away across a sun-baked field, the young lawyer could see a black flag fluttering from a dirt barrier where Islamic State forces were dug in. By Monday afternoon the flag was gone, as were the militants, and as he climbed to the roof, Kamal left his gun behind. "You can go back to carrying just a pen and paper to work," his cousin said, laughing. The people of Amerli were in a buoyant mood after holding off the Sunni Arab extremists who had surrounded the town 100 miles north of Baghdad. The militants had...

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