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Militants seize more Iraq towns as US presses unity

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Sunni militants advanced in western Iraq and killed 21 people after security forces left several towns, while America's top diplomat called Sunday for the country's leaders to rise above sectarianism. 

Shiite Iraqi volunteers, with the Ashura Brigade, take part in military training in the shrine city of Najaf, on June 22, 2014

It is the latest in a series of setbacks for Iraqi forces, which are struggling to hold their ground in the face of an insurgent onslaught that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and sparked fears that the country could tear itself apart.

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