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Militants seize province in north of country — Iraq’s parliament speaker

June 10, 2014, 15:02 UTC+3
Gunmen from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant move towards the province of Salah al-Din (the administrative center is the city of Tikrit)
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CAIRO, June 10. /ITAR-TASS /. The militants have seized the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh with its administrative center in Mosul, the Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi said.

According to him, the gunmen from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after the seizure of Mosul moved towards the province of Salah al-Din (the administrative center is the city of Tikrit).

The government has not yet appealed to the parliament to impose a state of emergency in the country, he said.

Earlier, the militants from the ISIL linked to al-Qaeda had taken control of Mosul in northern Iraq.

The clashes between armed extremists and Iraqi security forces in Mosul began on Tuesday morning. According to Sky News Arabia, the fighting took place near the headquarters of the Armed Forces of Nineveh province and the regional administration.

The extremists managed to occupy the governor's office after guards had escaped. Then the militants moved to the southern outskirts of the city, where the military airfield, army base and security forces jail are located. Hundreds of the most dangerous prisoners escaped. Strategic objects came under the command of extremists. Arms dumps and guns, as well as the central bank, were seized by the militants.

Iraqi police and army forces abandoned their posts in the city of Mosul, which shocked the locals. 

Kurdistan region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani accused the government of the country of inaction. According to him, they have warned Baghdad about possible developments, but the Iraqi government did not respond to it, and finally the representatives of the army command escaped the city. The Kurdish fighters Peshmerga are as always in full readiness to protect the neighboring areas of Mosul to repel the possible attack of Sunni militants, the prime minister added. 

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