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In northern Iraq, longstanding tensions surge even as ISIS is pushed back

Kurdish forces and Shiite militias, nominal allies in the battle against Islamic State forces, are trying to control disputed territory – often violently. 

Kurdish fighters and Shiite militias together in 2014 pushed out forces of the self-declared Islamic State (IS) from around the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmatu. But the subsequent bouts of fighting between the nominal allies – and a string of broken cease-fires – are a likely harbinger of future discord in Iraq, as the threat from IS eases and focus returns to longstanding border disputes between Kurds and forces loyal to Baghdad.

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