Governor says Iraq is determined to retake Mosul

June 12th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities are determined to recapture the northern city of Mosul after most of it was overrun by al-Qaida-inspired militants, the provincial governor said Wednesday after he fled the city along with half a million other residents.

The stunning assault by the al-Qaida-inspired group saw black banner-waving insurgents raid government buildings, push out security forces and capture military vehicles as residents fled for their lives from what is Iraq’s second-largest city.

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The Associated Press An Iraqi federal policeman searches a man at a checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday. The Iraqi government has tightened security after a stunning assault in Mosul that exposed Iraq’s eroding central authority.

The Associated Press In image taken from video obtained from the Iraqi Military, armored and military vehicles take position on a street during clashes with militants in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq.

“Mosul is capable of getting back on its feet and getting rid of all the outsiders … and we have a plan to restore security,” said Atheel al-Nujaifi, the Ninevah provincial governor. “We have taken practical steps in order to restore order … by mobilizing people into public committees that would retake the city.”

Mosul, with over 1.5 million residents, is the capital of Ninevah province, which along with the neighboring Sunni-dominated province of Anbar shares a long and porous border with Syria.

There were no immediate estimates on how many people were killed in the assault but the rampage by the militants sent an estimated 500,000 people

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