Families fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul arrive at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Arbil, in Iraq's Kurdistan region June 12, 2014.REUTERS/Stringer
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The usually bustling streets of Baghdad were quiet Thursday and business almost at a halt as stunned residents feared the imminent arrival in the capital of bands of Islamist militants.Jihadists spearheaded by fighters from the Sunni Muslim Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) earlier Thursday seized the town of Dhuluiyah, 90 kilometres north of Baghdad, and the nearby Muatassam area.ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani has vowed that the group will push into Baghdad and on into Karbala, a city southwest of the capital that is one of the holiest sites for Shiite Muslims.In Baghdad's Karrada commercial strip, usually teeming with activity, shops were almost deserted.
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