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Iraq bolsters Baghdad defenses as militants advance

Iraqi men who volunteered to join the fight against a major offensive by jihadists in northern Iraq climb on an army truck outside a recruiting center in the capital Baghdad on June 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALI AL-SAADI

BAGHDAD: Iraq has bolstered Baghdad's defenses as militants near the capital pressing an assault launched in second city Mosul, the interior ministry spokesman said Friday.

"We put in place a new plan to protect Baghdad," Brigadier General Saad Maan told AFP.

"The plan consists of intensifying the deployment of forces, and increasing intelligence efforts and the use of technology such as (observation) balloons and cameras and other equipment," Maan said.

He said coordination between security forces had also been increased.

"We have been in a war with terrorism for a while, and today the situation is exceptional," Maan said.

A major offensive launched by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria and its allies late Monday has overrun Mosul and a swathe of northern and north-central Iraq.

Security forces have so far failed to halt the drive, with some throwing away their uniforms and abandoning vehicles and positions to flee.

 

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Iraq has bolstered Baghdad's defenses as militants near the capital pressing an assault launched in second city Mosul, the interior ministry spokesman said Friday.

A major offensive launched by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria and its allies late Monday has overrun Mosul and a swathe of northern and north-central Iraq.

Security forces have so far failed to halt the drive, with some throwing away their uniforms and abandoning vehicles and positions to flee.


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