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The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) seized control of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul Tuesday, putting security forces to flight in a spectacular show of strength against Baghdad.The capture of the city of some 2 million by the Al-Qaeda splinter group adds to its grip on key western cities and followed four days of heavy fighting in Mosul and surrounding Nineveh province. The fall of Mosul, a largely Sunni Arab city after years of ethnic and sectarian fighting, deals a serious blow to Baghdad's efforts to fight Sunni militants who have regained ground and momentum in Iraq over the past year, taking Fallujah and parts of Ramadi, in the desert west of Baghdad at the start of the year.Hours later, Nujaifi himself narrowly escaped the provincial headquarters in the city after militants attacked it.
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