Insurgents take control of second major city in Iraq

June 11, 2014 7:28 PM

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Insurgents take control of second major city in Iraq

BAGHDAD — Al-Qaeda-inspired militants have seized the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit — hometown of former leader Saddam Hussein — in a move that represents the second major advance this week for rebel forces in an escalating insurgency that has left the government on the defensive.

Witnesses described hearing heavy gunfire Wednesday from different parts of the city that began mid-afternoon before hundreds of pick-ups equipped with weapons appeared on city streets.

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