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Iraq says it stopped Islamic militants 35 miles from Baghdad
Iraq says it stopped Islamic militants 35 miles from Baghdad

Islamic insurgents who swept through northern and central Iraq, inflicting humiliating defeats on government forces, met tough resistance Tuesday on the northeast approaches to the capital and officials said the advance had been halted. Amid heavy fighting and accusations of a sectarian massacre of prisoners, the government said it had stopped fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria at Baqubah, a city 35 miles northeast of Baghdad that could offer a direct route to the capital. Clashes in the last week have raised fear that Iraq could disintegrate and descend into civil war, much like the fighting that has gripped neighboring Syria for more than three years and Iraq itself...

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