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Jihadists 'worse than Saddam,' Iraqi Kurd commander says

A member of the Iraqi anti-terrorism forces waves the national flag in celebration after securing a checkpoint from Sunni militants in the village of Badriyah, on August 19, 2014Jihadists targeting minorities are “worse than Saddam”, a Kurdish commander says, standing near a sand barrier at a front line in north Iraq, the militants’ black flag fluttering in the distance. The desert area was until recently under control of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, which launched a renewed push in Iraq’s north earlier this month, taking ground from Kurdish forces, attacking minority groups and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee. IS is “worse than Saddam. Then they take over,” says Major General Abdulrahman Kawiri, an officer in the Kurdish peshmerga forces, puffing on a cigarette as the sun slips below the horizon.

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