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Signs Emerge of Reprisal Sectarian Killings in Iraq

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There are indications in Iraq today that the country is moving closer to the kind of sectarian warfare that nearly tore Iraq apart.
The Sunni militants who've seized several key cities in northern Iraq had already been accused of carrying out mass killings of Shiites and other atrocities in areas they captured. And now, police say pro-government Shiite militiamen killed nearly four dozen Sunni detainees at a jail northeast of Baghdad after insurgents tried to storm the jail and free them.
But Iraq's chief military spokesman gives a different version of events -- saying 52 detainees who were held at the police station died when attackers from the Sunni militant group shelled it with mortars.
The fighting around the jail was the closest the battle has come to Baghdad since the al-Qaida breakaway group began its swift advance.

Meanwhile, the Senate's top Republican says President Barack Obama must present a strategy against the extremists who are gaining ground in Iraq and could threaten the United States.
Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says the administration must act quickly to provide the Iraqi government with assistance before, quote, "every gain made by the U.S. and allied troops is lost."
McConnell called on Obama to tell Americans how he plans to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
ISIL has conquered several cities in Syria and Iraq. The administration is sending almost 300 American forces in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets. Obama is considering airstrikes and other options.
McConnell offered no specifics on actions the U.S. should take or how ISIL could threaten the U.S. Republicans are sharply divided among themselves over possible military intervention.

And - the Turkish foreign minister says Turkey has evacuated staff from its consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Basra over a deteriorating security situation.
Ahmet Davutoglu said on his Twitter account Tuesday that consular staff had crossed the Iraqi border into Kuwait. He did not provide further details.
The evacuation comes a week after militants from the al-Qaida inspired group, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, seized 49 people from the Turkish consulate in Mosul. Thirty-one truck Turkish truck drivers were also seized by the group there.
The militant group has seized several key cities in the Sunni heartland in northern Iraq. It has vowed to march to Baghdad and to Shiite holy cities in the worst threat to Iraq's stability since U.S. troops left.   (AP)
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