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Iraqi policemen patrol Abu Ghraib, 25 miles west of Baghdad, in June 2014. Islamic State militants have captured many cities and town in western Iraq this year. The government still controls Abu Ghraib, but the militants are nearby and local tribes are also restive. Karim Kadim/AP hide caption

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Iraq's Abu Ghraib Is Back In The News, Now As A Front-Line Town

A town west of Baghdad and home to a notorious prison, Abu Ghraib is where Iraq troops are bracing for a possible attacks by Islamic State militants. Many local residents feel caught in the middle.

Dontey Carter (from left), Mel Moffitt, Lenard Smith, Ned Alexander and Allen Frazier are all members of the Lost Voices group, formed after Michael Brown's death in August. They say they want to ensure justice for Michael Brown and other unarmed individuals killed by police officers. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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With Ferguson Protests, 20-Somethings Become First-Time Activists

Near Ferguson, Mo., young people are taking the lead in protesting police brutality. Many say they had never considered activism before, but saw Michael Brown's shooting death as a call to action.

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