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Iraq's Kurdistan region is focus of latest US military role

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An Iraqi Shiite militiaman, a follower of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, jumps to break a placard with the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during a parade, in the northern oil rich province of Kirkuk, Iraq, on Saturday. Hussein Malla/AP

Secretary of State John Kerry urged Iraq's new leaders to work quickly to form an inclusive government, adding that the US is prepared to offer the country significant additional aid in the fight against a group of militants calling itself the Islamic State.

Much of the current conflict is focused in northern Iraq, where these militants have taken over much of the region.

That's also where we've reached reporter Hermione Gee. She's in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan and home to a US consulate, and she talked to Take Two on Tuesday.

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