Islamist insurgents today seized Tikrit, the hometown of former leader Saddam Hussein and a provincial capital in Iraq, adding it to Fallujah, areas near Kirkuk and the oil-exporting city of Mosul. US trained Iraqi solders have thrown off their uniforms and fled along with a half-million civilian refugees. The so-called "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant," an offshoot of al-Qaeda, could be a game-changer for Syria, Turkey and US interests in the Middle East.
Another Militant Uprising in the Middle East
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