Iraq urges U.S. airstrikes as insurgents press offensive

By Loveday Morris, Liz Sly, Abigail Hauslohner, June 19, 2014

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government expressed frustration Thursday over U.S. reluctance to launch airstrikes against al-Qaeda-inspired insurgents, pleading for American assistance as the militants battled for control of Iraq’s biggest oil refinery.

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