Members of the Iraqi security forces stand guard after the area was taken over from ISIS militants in Adhaim, a village in Diyala province north of Baghdad August 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Shiite militiamen gunned down 70 people in an apparent revenge attack at an Iraqi Sunni mosque Friday, dealing a blow to government efforts to regain territory seized by jihadist-led militants.It came as government forces battled to regain ground in Diyala, and Washington warned of the dangers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria jihadist group, which spearheaded an offensive that overran swathes of Iraq in June, and this week released a video of American journalist James Foley being beheaded.He spoke of a "very long contest" that could not be won by US military prowess alone, but only with regional support and that of "the 20 million disenfranchised Sunnis that happen to reside between Damascus and Baghdad".He was referring to the alienation of many Sunni Arab Muslims from Iraq's government and the Alawite-dominated regime in Syria. The US State Department said it estimated there were about 12,000 foreign fighters from at least 50 countries in Syria.
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