Iraq's parliament postponed for several weeks amid extremist threat

July 7, 2014 8:17 PM

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Iraq's parliament postponed for several weeks amid extremist threat

BAGHDAD - With political leaders deadlocked, Iraq's parliament postponed on Monday its next session until mid-August, delaying the formation of a new government for weeks despite the threat from extremists who have seized control of a large chunk of the country and declared the establishment of an Islamic state.

Also on Monday, a mortar attack killed the commander of the Iraqi army's 6th division, Maj. Gen. Najim Abdullah Ali, while he was overseeing a raid on the Anbar village of Karma, army spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan Ibrahim said.

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