Sunni militants take Iraqi gas field town an hour from Baghdad

By REUTERS
June 26, 2014 12:27

 
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BAGHDAD - Militants took a town an hour from Baghdad that is home to four natural gas fields on Thursday, another gain by Sunni insurgents who have swiftly taken large areas to the north and west of the Iraqi capital.

The overnight offensive included Mansouriyat al-Jabal, home to the gas fields where foreign companies operate, security forces said. The fighting threatens to rupture the country two and a half years after the end of US occupation.

The insurgents, led by the hardline Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) but also including other Sunni groups blame Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for marginalising their sect during eight years in power and now he is fighting for his job.

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