1. CIVIL WAR

    Jihadists Move Toward Baghdad

    A burnt vehicle belonging to Iraqi security forces is seen on a road one day after radical Sunni Muslim insurgents seized control of the city of Mosul June 10, 2014. Sunni insurgents from an al Qaeda splinter group extended their control from the northern city of Mosul on Wednesday to an area further south that includes Iraq's biggest oil refinery in a devastating show of strength against the Shi'ite-led government. Picture taken June 10,2014.  REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CRIME LAW) - RTR3T89B

    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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