What you need to know about Iraq's militant incursions
Published on Jun 12, 2014 5:13 PM
Militants in Iraq have seized a broad swathe of territory in the northern and western regions of the country in recent weeks in their quest to topple the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and to set up an Islamic caliphate.
Here's what you should know about the situation in Iraq:
Who are the militants?
The militants are from the Sunni Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The group grew out of an Al-Qaeda-linked organisation in Iraq and is led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, an obscure figure regarded as a battlefield commander and tactician.
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