Nouri al-Maliki

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Islamic militants have taken over Iraq's second-largest city

Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic extremists are claiming a major victory in northern Iraq. They have seized control of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. As tens of thousands of civilians fled their homes on Tuesday, the Iraqi government says it wants to declare a state of emergency and provide weapons to civilians to help fight the militants.

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A powerful al-Qaeda group is fighting in both Iraq and Syria

It's been quite a week for an al-Qaeda spin-off called ISIS. Last week, ISIS took over Fallujah in Iraq. But it seems some of the local Sunni tribes abandoned the group and have joined government forces fighting against al-Qaeda. Then, rebel groups in Syria combined to attack ISIS there. Borzou Daragahi of the Financial Times explains the politics that work for and against ISIS.