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People walk by a damaged police station in Mosul on July 15. The militants of the Islamic State are in control of the key city and have acted against former members of Saddam Hussein's regime who helped them drive out the Iraqi army last month. AP hide caption

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Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling

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A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraq's Kurdish region anchors near Ashkelon, Israel. It's believed the oil has been off-loaded into Israel. The U.S. and Baghdad oppose the Kurdish export of oil from the autonomous northern region. David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Kurds May Have Oil To Export, But Buyers Are Harder To Find

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People walk through the market area in Erbil, Iraq. Tens of thousands of displaced Iraqis and Syrians have converged on the ancient city after fleeing fighting in their hometowns. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqi Shiite volunteers with the Labayk ya Hussein Brigade take part in a training session in the holy city of Najaf in late June. Clerics in the city called for Shiites to step forward and fight the Sunni group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (which now calls itself simply the Islamic State). Haidar Hamdan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Iraq's Sacred City Of Najaf, Clerics Call On Shiites To Fight

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Iraqi policemen take up positions on a bridge north of Baghdad on Monday. There's a consensus among Western and Middle Eastern states that militants from the Islamic State pose a serious threat to the region. But there's no sign yet that countries like the United States, Russia and Iran are prepared to work together. Ahmed Saad/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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For Once, The U.S., Russia And Iran Actually Agree On Something

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An Iraqi Turkmen fighter looks at an icon of seventh century Imam Ali bin Abi Talib, Islam's fourth caliph and cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad, in Taza Khormato, Iraq, earlier this month. Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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