ISIS Militants Seize Three Towns in Iraq, Border Crossing

June 22, 2014 1:57 AM

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ISIS Militants Seize Three Towns in Iraq, Border Crossing

BAGHDAD — Sunni insurgents led by an al-Qaida breakaway group expanded their offensive in a volatile western province on Saturday, capturing three strategic towns and the first border crossing with Syria to fall on the Iraqi side.

It's the latest blow against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is fighting for his political life even as forces beyond his control are pushing the country toward a sectarian showdown.

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