Six killed as militants overrun Iraq's Samarra

June 5, 2014 1:41 PM

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Six killed as militants overrun Iraq's Samarra

TIKRIT, Iraq: Sunni insurgents overran parts of the city of Samarra in northern Iraq early on Thursday, bringing them within striking distance of a Shi'ite shrine that was previously the trigger for sectarian war.

The offensive is part of an escalating war between Iraq's Shi'ite-led government and militants who have been regaining ground and momentum over the past year, particularly in the west of the country bordering Syria.

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