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Iraqi militants seize 2 more border crossings

By: AP
By: AP

Iraqi military officials say Sunni militants have captured two border crossings, one with Jordan and another with Syria, as they press on with their offensive in one of Iraq's most restive regions.

The officials said the militants on Sunday captured the Turaibil crossing with Jordan and the al-Walid crossing with Syria after government forces there pulled out.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The capture of the two boarder crossings follows the fall of four towns since Friday in Anbar province where al-Qaida-linked militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have controlled the city of Fallujah and parts of the provincial capital, Ramadi, since January.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is discouraging Arab nations from sending financial support to even moderate opposition Sunni groups in Syria.

He fears the aid could be used to help the growing insurgency in Iraq.

Kerry says he delivered that message to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during their meeting Sunday in Cairo.

Kerry says he plans to make the same case to other leaders in Sunni-dominated Arab states over the next several days.

Kerry says the region's security is facing a critical moment as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant gains ground in Iraq.

The group has taken over parts of Syria in what is rapidly deteriorating into a cross-border war.

He'll urge Arab states to work together to defeat the group.


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