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Iraq: ISIS advances on Baquba as US Moves Firepower to Region

CNN – As Islamic militants continue their murderous advance across Iraq, they have a new target in their sights: the city of Baquba, less than 40 miles north of Baghdad.

Gunbattles erupted in the city, only a 45-minute drive from the capital, on Tuesday as fighters and Iraqi government forces clashed.

Civilians are fleeing violence there and elsewhere in Iraq even as the United States bolsters its manpower in the region while it mulls what action to take.

According to a Baquba police official and an official in the Baquba governor’s office, militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, have “made a great advance on Baquba” and are pushing very hard to take it, but the city has not fallen.

The Baquba officials told CNN that ISIS is moving in on the western side of Baquba and that villages just west of the city, as well as some areas in western Baquba, are under ISIS control.

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  • razer

    Iraq
    is a Shiite government. Iran is a Shiite government that supports the
    Iraqi government. Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE are Sunni.
    Iraq under a Sunni government will be more controllable by Saudi Arabia
    who is controlled by the USA, the UK and the US oil companies.But, if they want to kill each other off that’s OK. That’s their business.
    As the defenders of the faith say, “Islam is a religion of peace.” Confusing … huh? BUT I
    look at geopolitics and domestic politics as I would if I were watching
    a very good magician. While I am looking at what he wants me to see, he
    is creating the magic where I am not looking.

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