Iraq militants take 2 more border posts

Obama calls for vigilance, concern for region’s allies

Posted: June 23, 2014 at 3:55 a.m.

Iraqi Shiite tribal fighters deploy outside the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Sunni militants on Sunday captured two border crossings, one along the frontier with Jordan and the other with Syria, security and military officials said, as they pressed on with their offensive in one of Iraq's most restive regions. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)

BAGHDAD -- Sunni militants have blitzed through the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening the predicament of the Shiite-led government in Baghdad led by Nouri al-Maliki.

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