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Jihadists seize Iraq's second city, Nineveh province

Iraqi families fleeing violence in the northern Nineveh province gather at a Kurdish checkpoint in Aski kalak on June 10, 2014Mosul (Iraq) (AFP) – Jihadists overran Iraq’s second city of Mosul, the surrounding Nineveh province and parts of Kirkuk on Tuesday, in a major blow to a government apparently incapable of stopping militant advances. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki responded by asking parliament to declare a state of emergency and announcing the government would arm citizens to fight the militants. “All of Nineveh province fell into the hands of militants,” parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi told journalists in Baghdad, adding the gunmen were heading south towards neighbouring Salaheddin province. An army brigadier general told AFP hundreds of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched a major assault on the security forces late on Monday.

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