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Smoke rises from a Shiite mosque after it was destroyed in a bomb attack by militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in the city of Mosul, on July 23, 2014.
Fouad Masoum, a veteran Kurdish politician, was elected president of Iraq amid a political deadlock aggravated by an Islamist insurgency that has seized major cities.
Each day, Kurdish security forcesA in northern Iraq skirmish with fearsomely armed Islamic State militants along their new, nearly 650-mile border.
More than one million Iraqis have sought refuge in the semi-independent Kurdish region since militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant occupied three major Iraqi provinces as well as large swaths of territory in two others.
Islamic State militants seized four small oilfields when they swept through north Iraq last month and are now selling crude oil and gasoline from them to finance their newly declared "caliphate".
The minister dismissed reports that the violence, which has shut down the country's oil facilities in the north, was impacting the country's export and refining capacity.
Displaced Christians who fled Mosul pray at a church in the town of Qaraqosh, Iraq.
KIRKUK, Iraq: Christians were fleeing Iraq's city of Mosul en masse Friday after mosques relayed an ultimatum giving them a few hours to leave, the country's Chaldean patriarch and witnesses said.
Updated: Sat Jul 26, 2014 05:16 am
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