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Islamic State crushes and coerces on march towards Baghdad

A general view shows Tikrit University, where Iraqi special forces clashed with fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) last month, July 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer

A general view shows Tikrit University, where Iraqi special forces clashed with fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) last month, July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

A general view shows Tikrit University, where Iraqi special forces clashed with fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) last month, July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Iraqi soldiers walk in Tikrit University, where Iraqi special forces clashed with fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) last month, July 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi soldiers walk in Tikrit University, where Iraqi special forces clashed with fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) last month, July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi soldiers walk in Tikrit University, where Iraqi special forces clashed with fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) last month, July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Iraqi soldiers load their weapons before a patrol at Tikrit University, where Iraqi special forces clashed with fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) last month, July 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi soldiers load their weapons before a patrol at Tikrit University, where Iraqi special forces clashed with fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) last month, July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi soldiers load their weapons before a patrol at Tikrit University, where Iraqi special forces clashed with fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) last month, July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Iraqi soldiers stand guard during an intensive security deployment in Samarra, north of Baghdad July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi soldiers stand guard during an intensive security deployment in Samarra, north of Baghdad July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi soldiers stand guard during an intensive security deployment in Samarra, north of Baghdad July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Iraqi soldiers chant slogans during an intensive security deployment in Samarra, north of Baghdad July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi soldiers chant slogans during an intensive security deployment in Samarra, north of Baghdad July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi soldiers chant slogans during an intensive security deployment in Samarra, north of Baghdad July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Iraqi soldiers stand guard near the Spiral Minaret during an intensive security deployment in Samarra, north of Baghdad July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi soldiers stand guard near the Spiral Minaret during an intensive security deployment in Samarra, north of Baghdad July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi soldiers stand guard near the Spiral Minaret during an intensive security deployment in Samarra, north of Baghdad July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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