trib.al – Tags: abu bakr al-baghdadi | Iraq | islamic state | NATO | special operations forces | sunni | syria | turkey Shi’ite fighters, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), take part in field training in the desert in the province of Najaf It’s easy to get depressed about the Middle East these days.

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