An Iraqi woman standing behind Shiite masked militiamen watches a parade by followers of Shiite preacher Muqtada al-Sadr in Kirkuk, Iraq, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Sunni militants have seized another town in Iraq's western Anbar province, the fourth to fall in two days, officials said Sunday, in what is shaping up to be a major offensive in one of Iraq's most restive regions.Iraq has requested U.S. airstrikes to help halt the advance, but President Barack Obama has yet to order any, and has instead called on Iraqi leaders to form a more representative government in thinly-veiled criticism of Maliki.The U.S. has long accused Iran of meddling in Iraq, including by organizing and backing Shiite militias following the 2003 invasion.The U.S., meanwhile, has been drawn back into the conflict. It is deploying up to 300 military advisers to join some 275 troops in and around Iraq to provide security and support for the U.S. Embassy and other American interests.
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