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After days of violent advances by the militant group ISIS, Kurdish fighters stand their ground near the city of Kirkuk.

Joint Chiefs chairman: Iraq has asked for U.S. air power to counter militants

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- While Iraq's military claimed Wednesday to have driven back militants battling for control of the country, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress that the United States has received a request from the Iraqi government to use its air power in the conflict.

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