Iraq disintegrating as insurgents advance; Kurds seize Kirkuk

By Loveday Morris, Liz Sly, June 13, 2014

IRBIL, Iraq — Iraq was on the brink of falling apart Thursday as al-Qaeda renegades asserted their authority over Sunni areas in the north, Kurds seized control of the city of Kirkuk and the Shiite-led government appealed for volunteers to help defend its shrinking domain.

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