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Iraqi leaders vow to retake Mosul from militants

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BAGHDAD — Al-Qaida-inspired militants who seized large parts of the Iraqi city of Mosul moved to reassure nervous locals on Wednesday as top officials pledged to drive the insurgents out.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the massive security failure in Sunni-dominated Ninevah province that allowed militants aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to seize the country’s second largest city was the result of a “conspiracy,” and that those members of the security forces who fled the fighting rather than standing up to the militants should be punished.

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