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AUG 07, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Islamic State Militants Seize 3 More Towns In Northern Iraq

(Adds details, changes dateline) By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants extended their gains in northern Iraq on Thursday, seizing more towns and strengthening a foothold near the Kurdish region, witnesses said, in an offensive that has alarmed the Baghdad government and regional powers. The advance came after the Sunni militants inflicted a humiliating defeat on Kurdish forces in a weekend sweep in the north. The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria it ... Read More

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