1. CIVIL WAR

    Jihadists Move Toward Baghdad

    Reuters

    Iraq plunged into chaos Thursday as Kurdish forces seized control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk, while fighters from the terrorist group ISIS headed toward Baghdad. The armed forces quickly abandoned their posts in the north. With no government troops maintaining order, Kurdish fighters seized Kirkuk, which the semi-autonomous people view as their historical capital. After seizing Mosul and Tikrit, militants from ISIS, which has links to al Qaeda, have now advanced to within an hour of Baghdad.

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