Islamic State group militants and Tribal fighters take control of a checkpoint that belonged to Kurdish peshmerga fighters, as people leave a village in the Khazer area outside Irbil August 7, 2014. (AP Photo)
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The British government told its citizens to leave parts of Iraqi Kurdistan, including the regional capital Irbil, Friday as the sweeping advance of Islamist militants brought them closer to Kurdish territory.The government said the security situation could deteriorate quickly after fighting in the last two days to the southwest of Irbil, where many Western oil workers and executives are based, so British citizens in the regional capital of 1.5 million people should leave immediately.
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