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If you compare the mood here today (Sunday) to the last few days, the atmosphere has grown a lot calmer. Shopping malls and restaurants are full of people again and there are a lot of weddings taking place. People are cheering every time there’s news of another US air strike.

— Jiyar Gol, reporting for BBC News in Irbil, in the Kurdish-controlled region of Iraq. Kurdish leaders are asking for American-made weapons to fight IS.