Islamic State militants mass near another town north of Baghdad

by Reuters
Thursday, 14 August 2014 09:42 GMT

BAGHDAD, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants are massing near the Iraqi town of Qara Tappa, 122 km (73 miles) north of Baghdad, security sources and a local official said, in an apparent bid to broaden their front with Kurdish peshmerga fighters.

The Sunni militants have made a dramatic push through the north to a position near Arbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

The movement around Qara Tappa suggests they are getting more confident and seeking to grab more territory closer to the capital after stalling in that region.

(Reporting by Raheem Salman, editing by John Stonestreet)

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