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In the aftermath of a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and amid the coalition’s domination of its airspace, Iraqi government forces responded to a bid for independence by the ethnic Kurds in the northern part of the country with force, deploying military assets to secure the region’s oil-rich refinery cities and solidify Baghdad’s long-term control over the country.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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One in three foreign fighters combating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is an American citizen, the majority of whom are also military veterans, according to a new report. Published on Aug. 9, by the Institute of Strategic Dialogue, a London-based think tank, the report drew its findings from 300 foreign fighters who travelled to Iraq or Syria to join groups fighting against ISIS.

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VICE has obtained helmet cam footage recovered from an ISIS fighter after an intense battle with Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, 30 miles outside of Mosul. The video, which offers a visceral, first-person view of heavy combat, ends with the man who filmed it being shot and, according to VICE, killed.

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A millennial soldier of fortune who goes by the name ‘Mike’ is waging an independently funded war against the Islamic State.

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