Militants overrun most of Mosul in Iraq

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Militants overrun most of Mosul in Iraq

Militants overrun most of Mosul in Iraq

(Baghdad) – In a stunning assault that exposed Iraq’s eroding central authority, al-Qaida-inspired militants overran much of Mosul, seizing government buildings, pushing out security forces and capturing military vehicles as thousands of residents fled the second-largest city.
The rampage by the black banner-waving insurgents was a heavy defeat for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as he tries to hold onto power, and highlighted the growing strength of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
The group has been advancing in both Iraq and neighboring Syria, capturing territory in a campaign to set up a militant enclave straddling the border.
There were no immediate estimates on how many people were killed in the assault, a stark reminder of the reversals in Iraq since U.S. forces left in late 2011.

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