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Half a million flee Iraq's Mosul as jihadists tighten grip

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Half a million people were estimated Wednesday to have fled Iraq's second city of Mosul, as Islamist militants tightened their grip after overrunning it and a swathe of other territory. 

Iraqi families fleeing violence in the northern Nineveh province gather at a Kurdish checkpoint in Aski kalak on June 10, 2014

In a spectacular blow to the Shiite-led government, the jihadists spearheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Tuesday seized Mosul, its surrounding region of Nineveh and areas of Kirkuk and Salaheddin province.

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