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FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, June 19, 2014, al-Qaeda-inspired militants stand with captured Iraqi Army Humvee at a checkpoint outside Beiji refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The insurgents came at midday, walking across a canal, advancing under cover of mortar fire toward the cluster of three Iraqi villages. Within eight hours, Shiite residents who fled say, they had expelled thousands of them from villages in Salahuddin, a central, majority-Sunni province which links the west to the capital. The insurgents, led by the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, were helped by local Sunnis. The expulsions show how Iraq’s sectarian mosaic is unraveling in particularly hateful ways, unseen since the mid-2000s when sectarian killings nearly plunged the country into civil war. (AP Photo, File)
Experts say Iraq’s military forces are ‘combat ineffective’
First Published Jun 22 2014 09:05 pm • Last Updated Jun 22 2014 09:05 pm

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