Militants rampage in Iraq's Mosul

Al-Qaida splinter group routs forces, overruns much of city

Posted: June 11, 2014 at 5:14 a.m.

A Kurdish policeman stands guard Tuesday in Irbil, Iraq, while refugees from Mosul head to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region. Islamic militants overran parts of Mosul, west of Irbil and 220 miles from Baghdad, driving security forces from their posts and seizing the provincial government headquarters, security bases and other key buildings.

Islamic militants overran much of Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul on Tuesday, seizing the governor's headquarters and rampaging through police stations, military bases and the airport as security forces collapsed and abandoned their posts. Gunmen cruised through neighborhoods, waving black banners while residents fled.

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