Kurdish forces grieve after seeing the decomposing bodies of 15 Shiites in Kirkuk, where militants handed over the remains. (AP Photo/Emad Matti)
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Iran's supreme leader accused the United States Sunday of trying to retake control of Iraq by exploiting sectarian rivalries, as Sunni insurgents secured new strongholds along the Syrian border.Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's condemnation of U.S. action in Iraq came three days after President Barack Obama offered to send 300 military advisers in response to pleas from Iraq's government. ISIS militants thrust east from a newly captured Iraqi-Syrian border post Sunday, taking three towns in western Anbar province after seizing the frontier crossing near the town of Qaim Saturday, witnesses and sources said.The last major Syrian town not in ISIS' hands in the region, the border town of Al-Bukamal, is controlled by the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's official branch in Syria that has clashed violently with ISIS for months.Sunday morning, clashes raged for a third day between ISIS and Sunni tribes backed by the Naqshbandi Army, a group led by former army officers and Baathists, around Hawija, security sources and tribal leaders said.
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