As Baghdad’s grip fails, Iraq is a ‘nightmare,’ Kurd warns

June 25, 2014 4:01 AM

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IRBIL, Iraq — Iraq’s crisis has gone from bad to worse in two weeks of fighting in which Sunni Muslims have asserted control over a growing area, including at least two towns that lie on a supply route linking Baghdad with the mostly Shiite south, Kurdish officials said Tuesday.

The fall of towns in an area that U.S. troops knew as the “triangle of death” because of its propensity for violence provided an ominous signal that the main insurgent group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and its Sunni allies are working to encircle Baghdad, the Kurdish officials said.

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