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(June 11) Today's Top Headlines - 500k flee after Al Qadea seizes Mosul

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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:02 am

NBC News:

Insurgents advanced on Iraq’s biggest oil refinery on Wednesday, a day after overrunning the city of Mosul in a spectacular show of force which triggered an exodus of half a million refugees.

Sunni militants from an al Qaeda splinter group overran Mosul – Iraq’s second-largest city - on Tuesday following a weekend of heavy fighting.

The fall of the city has struck a humiliating blow to Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki's Shiite-led government: security forces fled their posts, leaving government buildings, police stations, the airport and even their weapons for the militants' taking.

For the full story, visit: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/al-qaeda-offshoot-seizes-mosul-pushes-500k-iraqis-flee-n128156

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