The news from the Middle East has become so grim I am always looking for a bright spot. So, on a recent trip to Iraqi Kurdistan, it was a relief and a surprise to come across an upbeat story in an unexpected place: a church in Erbil that houses Christian refugees from northern Iraq who barely escaped the ISIS invasion in August.
'We literally fought every day to help that city'
In April 2004, members of the Second Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment, known as the Magnificent Bastards, were fighting in Iraq's Anbar province. They shared their reaction to last weekend's fall of Ramadi with Inquirer photographer David Swanson, who was embedded with the Marines 11 years ago.
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