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Carnage in Iraq as Islamic State extends reach

Thursday, August 07, 2014 - 01:25

Violence flares across Iraq as Islamic State fighters extend their reach in the North despite government forces efforts to detroy them. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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The aftermath of another attack in northern Iraq..this time in the Kurdish held city of Kirkuk, where twin bombings left 11 people dead. The attack came as Islamic State fighters continued their brutal march across Northern Iraq, where they want to establish an Islamic caliphate. The Iraqi government is trying to fight back and help the Kurds, but despite air strikes it claims killed 60 enemy fighters, they do not appear to have broken the Islamic State's momentum. And in the capital Baghdad, yet more violence....Shi'ite neighbourhood streets littered with debris in the wake of car bomb attacks that killed 59 people. Islamic State militants believe Shi'ites are infidels who deserve to be killed. Northeast of Baghdad Iraqi forces have been battling the militants. Some are even declaring victory (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED SOLDIER, SAYING: "Nearby districts are all secure and safe and are under control. We have defeated the Islamic State" But in the north, there's little evidence of that. Those who can have fled the violence. Many have left it all behind, praying for a better future after years of bloodshed.

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Carnage in Iraq as Islamic State extends reach

Thursday, August 07, 2014 - 01:25