Iraqi new parliament members argue during the first session of the new parliament in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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Islamist militants claimed responsibility for suicide bombings in Baghdad, and there were signs the deadlock paralyzing Iraq's parliament might finally be loosening in the face of the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) that has seized much of the country.It identified them as the Baghdad bombers and said they were Lebanese and Libyan.ISIS and other Sunni insurgents -- ranging from tribal fighters, more moderate Islamists, ex-military officers and members of the banned Baath party -- are in the western Baghdad suburbs and cities to the north.The Iraqi military, backed by Shiite militias and volunteers, has yet to take back any major city but is trying to advance on Tikrit, the late dictator Saddam Hussein's hometown in Salahuddin province.Backed by Shiite militias and volunteers, the military has been trying since June 28 to advance into Tikrit and defeat opponents including the Naqshbandi Army, a group led by former army officers and Baathists like Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam's feared deputy and lifelong confidante.The prime minister's military spokesman said however on Tuesday that "ex-army officers and tribesmen" in Sunni majority areas like Mosul and Tikrit were rallying against the ISIS.
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