Fighters from different parts of the world travel to Dakuk to help in battle against ISIS. They all have combat experience, but few are willing to discuss it. Some only have a tourist visa.
Iraqi authorities have said they will end a six-month air blockade imposed on Iraqi Kurdistan in response to the region's independence vote, which was not recognized by Baghdad. Flights could resume within a week.
Three people have been killed and 80 injured as protests over austerity and unpaid salaries intensify. The Kurdistan Regional Government is under increasing pressure amid heightened tensions with Baghdad.
Iraq's counter-terrorism forces have taken control of key government buildings in oil-rich Kirkuk. Thousands of Kurds have fled the city, fearing reprisal killings from Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Shiite militias.
President of the autonomous region of Kurdistan has told parliament he will not seek an extension after his term expires on November 1. The announcement came amid an escalating row with Baghdad over Kurdish independence.
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