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Iraq declares state of emergency after insurgents take Mosul

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iraq eergencyIraq’s prime minister has declared a state of emergency after armed fighters believed to be part of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh and freed hundreds of prisoners.

Overnight, hundreds of rebels launched an assault on the provincial capital Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, engaging in combat with troops and police, officials said on Tuesday.

"The city of Mosul is outside the control of the state and at the mercy of the militants," an Interior Ministry official told news agency AFP, making it the second city to fall to anti-government forces this year.

By Tuesday afternoon, Iraqi state television channel Iraqiya was flashing a banner that read: “Iraqi Prime Minister asked the Iraqi parliament to declare a state of emergency in the country.” Iraqiya also reported that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has asked the U.N., EU and the Arab League to “support Iraq in its war on terror.”

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