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Sunni insurgents seize government buildings in Iraq's Mosul

June 10, 2014, 9:18 UTC+3

The fighters of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) control the western part of the city, local media reports

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CAIRO, June 10. / ITAR-TASS /. Sunni extremists seized government buildings in Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. The fighters of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) overwhelmed the defense of government troops and police and completely controlled the western part of the city on the fourth day of fighting, Egyptian media reported. Islamists continued the attack in the morning, moving to the southern districts of Mosul, where the military airfield army base and security forces jail located.

The governor of Nineveh province (Mosul is the administrative center) escaped from captivity and death. Atheel al-Nujaifi said that he had disappeared from the administration building for a few minutes before the rebels broke the resistance of security.

On Monday Nujaifi called for armed resistance to ISIL and to create for this purpose people's committees.

Shiites (according to the sources, up to 5 thousand families) leave the city, local Mosul media reports.  Police and army sources reported that the government units are demoralized. The only hope for the forces loyal to the government in Baghdad is the arrival of reinforcements from the capital and other regions of Iraq. Otherwise, according to the administration of Nineveh, Mosul and the whole province may be under the rule of Sunni insurgents within a few days. Almost all the roads to the city are sealed with concrete blocks.

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