Civil War In Iraq: al-Qaeda Splinter Group Takes Control Of Iraq’s 2nd Largest City

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Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul fell to an al-Qaeda splinter group Tuesday, a major blow to the government’s battle against a widening insurgency.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki asked parliament to declare a national state of emergency, and he proposed arming civilians in the restive northern areas after the militants seized parts of Mosul.

“We won’t allow Mosul to surrender to terrorism,” al-Maliki vowed at a nationally televised news conference. “We will arm those who wish to defend our homeland and defeat terrorists.”

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