Militants Seize Iraq’s Second-Largest City

 

 

 

 

” Gunmen seized Iraq’s second-largest city Tuesday as troops threw away their uniforms and abandoned their posts, officials said, in another blow to the authorities, who appear incapable of stopping militant advances.

  Predominantly Sunni Muslim Mosul, 350 kilometres (220 miles) north of Baghdad, has long been a militant stronghold and one of the most dangerous areas in the country.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Capital of Nineveh province, it is the second city after Fallujah, west of the capital, that the government has lost this year.

” The city of Mosul is outside the control of the state and at the mercy of the militants,” an interior ministry official told AFP, saying soldiers had fled after removing their uniforms. 

  Adding that the gunmen were Sunni, he said they announced over loudspeakers that they had “come to liberate Mosul and would fight only those who attack them.”

 

 

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