Najaf Gov. Adnan al Zurufi, an Iraqi-American who first held office here in 2004, relaxes after a long day of security meetings in a parlor at the provincial headquarters. He said his years of standing up to southern militant groups have prepared him for the Iraqi government's fight against the Islamic State, the extremist group that's seized up to a third of Iraq. (Photo by Hannah Allam/MCT)
Najaf Gov. Adnan al Zurufi, an Iraqi-American who first held office here in 2004, relaxes after a long day of security meetings in a parlor at the provincial headquarters. He said his years of standing up to southern militant groups have prepared him for the Iraqi government's fight against the Islamic State, the extremist group that's seized up to a third of Iraq. (Photo by Hannah Allam/MCT) MCT
Najaf Gov. Adnan al Zurufi, an Iraqi-American who first held office here in 2004, relaxes after a long day of security meetings in a parlor at the provincial headquarters. He said his years of standing up to southern militant groups have prepared him for the Iraqi government's fight against the Islamic State, the extremist group that's seized up to a third of Iraq. (Photo by Hannah Allam/MCT) MCT

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