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Shiite fighters parade as militants take Iraq border town

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Shiite fighters paraded in Baghdad Saturday in a dramatic show of force aimed at Sunni militants who seized a Syrian border crossing, widening a western front in an offensive threatening to rip Iraq apart. 

Iraqi Shiite fighters parade with weapons and national flags on June 21, 2014 in the capital, Baghdad

Meanwhile, Washington readied a new diplomatic bid to unite Iraq's fractious leaders and repel insurgents whose lightning offensive has displaced hundreds of thousands, alarmed the world and put Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki under growing pressure.

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