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    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)
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    Thousands of Kurds were injured during an IS military offensive. Nearly one million Iraqis came to the autonomous Kurdistan region seeking refuge.

    Fighter of the Islamic State group waving their flag from inside a captured government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria
    © AP Photo / Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group
    MOSCOW, December 10 (Sputnik) – The fight against Islamic State in Iraq has claimed lives of more than 700 Kurds since June 2014, according to data from the autonomous Kurdistan region, reported Al Jazeera.

    According to the region’s officials, over 3,500 people were injured in the past six months. The devastating offensive was started by Islamic State members on June 9, when thousands of Iraqi Kurds were forced to defend their territories.

    This undated image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a parade in Raqqa, Syria.
    © AP Photo / Uncredited/Militant Website
    Among those killed and injured were "officers, non-commissioned officers, members of the Asayish (intelligence agency), of the police and some peshmerga veterans," said a statement published by the region’s military forces, cited Daily Mail.

    On Wednesday, the deputy prime minister of the Kurdish regional administration, Qubad Talabani, called on the country’s authorities to delegate power to regions and include them in the decision-making process as a way to restore trust in Iraq’s diverse society and resolve the ongoing conflict.

    Military conflict in Iraq has forced more than two million people to seek asylum abroad or flee to the regions, which were once considered relatively safe. The Kurdish region has received nearly one million displaced Iraqis coming from all across the country

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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