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Monday, June 16, 2014

ISIS Continues Dramatic Takeover Of Territory In Iraq

This image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) taking aim at captured Iraqi soldiers wearing plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. The Islamic militant group that seized much of northern Iraq has posted photos that appear to show its fighters shooting dead dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers in a province north of the capital Baghdad. Iraq's top military spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi confirmed the photos’ authenticity on Sunday and said he was aware of cases of mass murder of Iraqi soldiers. (AP Photo via militant website)

This image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) taking aim at captured Iraqi soldiers wearing plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. (AP Photo via militant website)

Extremist militants are continuing their dramatic takeover of territory in Iraq. Over the weekend, ISIS — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — took control of Tal Afar, a small city west of Mosul.

ISIS also claims to have killed 1,700 Iraqi Shiite soldiers in Tikrit. Though those reports have not been independently verified, they raise fears of increasing sectarian violence in the country.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have both indicated their countries are open to the possibility of working together to help stabilize Iraq.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks to Jim Walsh, an expert in international security at MIT’s Security Studies Program, about the developments in Iraq. Walsh also discusses the latest Ukraine.

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