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ISIS mass near another town north of Baghdad

Members of the Kurdish security forces take part during an intensive security deployment after clashes with ISIS militants, in Jalawla, Diyala province August 12, 2014. (REUTERS)

BAGHDAD: Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants are massing near the Iraqi town of Qara Tappa, 122 km north of Baghdad, security sources and a local official said, in an apparent bid to broaden their front with Kurdish peshmerga fighters.

The Sunni militants have made a dramatic push through the north to a position near Arbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

The movement around Qara Tappa suggests they are getting more confident and seeking to grab more territory closer to the capital after stalling in that region.

 

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