ISIL Extends Gains in Iraq, Takes Turk Diplomats Hostage

June 11, 2014 5:00 PM

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ISIL Extends Gains in Iraq, Takes Turk Diplomats Hostage

Militants from a breakaway al-Qaeda group took control of more Iraqi towns today, including the birthplace of Saddam Hussein, as the prime minister signaled he’ll deploy militias to halt their advance.

After seizing Mosul, Iraq’s second city, yesterday, fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant advanced into Tikrit, Saddam’s hometown, Noureddin Qablan, vice chairman of Nineveh provincial council, said by phone. In Mosul, ISIL took dozens of people hostage at the Turkish consulate.

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