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Common enemy Islamic State draws Kurdish factions together
Common enemy Islamic State draws Kurdish factions together

One unanticipated result of the military advances by Sunni Muslim extremists in northern Iraq has been the formation of a unified opposition front composed of oft-divided Kurdish factions in three nations: Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Last week, Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdistan region, paid a visit to fighters with the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, an unusual event since relations between the PKK and the government of Iraqi Kurdistan have long been strained. The visit came after PKK guerrillas joined with Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to oust Islamic State militants from the town of Makhmour, near Irbil, the Kurdish capital in Iraq. During his trip to...

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