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Militants seize two areas of Iraq's Diyala


Militants seized two strategic areas of Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, late on Thursday after security forces withdrew, officers said, bringing a militant offensive closer to the provincial capital Baquba.

Jalawla and Saadiyah are the latest areas to fall to a lightning three-day militant offensive that has swept down from northern Iraq, overrunning all of one province and significant parts of three others.