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Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand guard as smoke rises after airstrikes by the U.S. forces targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

Khalid Mohammed / AP

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand guard as smoke rises after airstrikes by the U.S. forces targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.