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Iraq insurgents destroy key bridge

Shiites volunteers take positions during a military advance in areas under the control of Islamic State in the town of Samarra, Iraq, on July 12, 2014Islamic State fighters on Tuesday destroyed a key bridge on the highway leading north from Baghdad, a move that could further hamper Iraqi government efforts to battle jihadists. The destruction of the bridge, just south of the city of Samarra, cuts a vital supply line for the Iraqi army and will further dampen its hopes of retaking the city of Tikrit, further north. “Daash militants detonated a suicide truck bomb on the bridge over the Tharthar canal, destroying two spans,” a police colonel told AFP, using the Arabic acronym for the former name of the Islamic State (IS). The attack leaves the army and allied Shiite militias with only a secondary road that passes over Samarra dam bridge and is not suitable for the heaviest military vehicles.

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