An off-duty Shiite volunteer from brigades loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr takes up position with his weapon on a vehicle while returning home, in Samarra July 13, 2014.(REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani)
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Militants Monday assaulted the final area of the Iraqi town of Dhuluiyah still outside their control, after tribesmen rejected an offer to let them enter uncontested, an official said.Jihadist-led militants launched a major offensive on June 9 that has overrun large areas north and west of Baghdad, and appear to be making a renewed push to gain ground after a period in which battle lines were relatively static. The militants began their attack on Dhuluiyah, just 80 kilometers north of Baghdad, Sunday and have overrun most of the town, local official Marwan Mitaab said.
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