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Middle East For Iraqi family, son's role in battling ISIS speaks to hopes for national unity

A soldier's life and his death in Mosul is a profile of Iraqi determination to fight ISIS, and a lesson in why even a Shiite from southern Iraq is willing to shed blood to liberate a predominantly Sunni city to the north.

Scott Peterson/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images

The last moments of the Iraqi special forces officer came in the nondescript outskirts of Mosul, amid tight house-to-house combat against jihadists of the so-called Islamic State.

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