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Iraq: on the frontline with the Shia fighters taking the war to Isis

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Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, The Guardian, 24 August, 2014: “Iraq: on the frontline with the Shia fighters taking the war to Isis”

The new Iraqi “border” is marked by a two-metre-high wall of earth. The berm, as it is known, cuts through farmland and orchards, separating the shrinking lands of the Iraqi state as it has existed for 95 years from the expanding territory of the new Islamic caliphate.

On the northern side, the black flags of Islamic State (Isis) shimmer in the afternoon haze. But on the Iraqi side it is not a national flag that flutters but a black Shia banner.

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