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Iraq PM in embattled city of Samarra for security meet: Governor

Published on Jun 13, 2014 11:46 PM

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki travelled to the embattled city of Samarra on Friday for a security meeting, Governor Ahmed Abdullah said.

Militants attacked the city, located 110km north of Baghdad, earlier in the week, and witnesses said they were readying for another assault on Friday.

The city houses the revered Shi'ite Al-Askari shrine, which was bombed by militants in 2006, sparking a bloody Sunni-Shi'ite sectarian war that killed tens of thousands.

A major militant offensive, spearheaded by powerful jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has overrun all of one province and chunks of three more since Monday.

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