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Rebels in Iraq take control of 2nd-biggest city

By Agence France-Presse in Mosul, Iraq ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-06-11 07:17:43

Gunmen seized Iraq's second-largest city on 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 kilometers 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.

Rebels in Iraq take control of 2nd-biggest city

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