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Mosul governor urges US air strikes on militants

An image grab taken from a video uploaded to Youtube on June 12, 2014, allegedly shows ISIL militants taking part in a military parade in the northern city of MosulThe exiled governor of Mosul, Iraq’s second city which was seized by Islamist fighters last week, has called for US and Turkish air strikes against the militants. “Air strikes might be conducted, not in the cities but on (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) ISIL bases in uninhabited areas,” Atil al-Nujaifi said in comments published Sunday in Turkish newspaper Hurriyet. His comments came as Washington deployed an aircraft carrier to the Gulf and Baghdad launched a counter-offensive against extremist Sunni militants who have overrun all of one Iraqi province and chunks of three more since launching their offensive last Monday. Speaking from Arbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, Nujaifi said he doubted Baghdad’s security forces — some of whom abandoned their uniforms and vehicles when ISIL fighters attacked — would be able to repel the militant advance on their own.

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