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July 15, 2014 12:00 AM

Iraqi army remains on defensive as extent of June debacle becomes clearer

IRBIL, Iraq -- Five weeks after Islamist fighters stormed across northern and western Iraq in a surprise offensive that nearly reached the outskirts of the Iraqi capital, virtually every captured location remains firmly in rebel hands, while the central government’s meager efforts at a counteroffensive have met with failure on virtually every front.

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