Al-Qaida-inspired insurgents gaining ground in Iraq

Iraqi Shiite militia fighters fire their weapons as they celebrate breaking a long siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants

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Residents say militants affiliated with the extremist Islamic State group have kidnapped dozens of men from a Sunni village north of Baghdad.

The militants took some 50 men from Tal Ali village, around 240 kilometers (170 miles) north of Baghdad, on Thursday, residents said. The men were loaded onto trucks and driven away, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity out of fear of retribution. (Reuters)

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