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PHOTOS: Iraqi city of Mosul falls to terrorists

Insurgents seized the northern Iraqi city of Mosul early Tuesday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has asked parliament to declare a state of emergency, and some locals seem to be fleeing the city. Here are some photos from Twitter capturing the scenes.

This image that allegedly shows abandoned uniforms in Mosul is being shared widely on Twitter:


The view from a distance:


Locals are fleeing Mosul:


No vehicles permitted inside, according to some reports:


A city covered in smoke:

Major traffic jams:


The aftermath:

Mosul on June 8:


Related: Al-Qaeda branch captures Iraqi city of Mosul

Swati Sharma is a digital editor for World and National Security and previously worked at the Boston Globe.



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