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
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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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