This Is What Iraq Looked Like This Week

Iraqi men who volunteered to join the fight against a major attack by the jihadists in northern Iraq stand on army trucks heading towards the Iraqi town of Taji, on the outskirts of Baghdad, on June 13, 2014.

An al-Qaeda-inspired splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), has been marching towards Baghdad, Iraq, capturing two major cities in the north in just a few days. The group's offensive surprised Iraqi forces, who have offered little to no resistance so far, pushing Iraq into a state of chaos.
ISIL, which also controls parts of Syria, has the goal of creating a large Islamic state stretching from Iraq to Syria. This week, the group has seized control of Mosul, forcing thousands upon thousands to flee, as well as Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit.

The insurgents are now marching toward the nation's capital of Baghdad, which was hit by suicide bombings last week. A series of bombings, including a suicide attack on tribal leaders in the capital, hit Shiite areas of central and south Iraq, killing at least 37 people, officials said.
On Friday, the insurgents were reportedly 100 miles away from Baghdad, and the United States is still weighing its options as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki seems unable to stop their advance. President Barack Obama said on Friday that the U.S. will do its part — but won't send troops to the ground.

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