As it happened: Insurgency in Iraq

Key points

  • Iraq formally asks the US to launch air strikes against jihadist militants who have seized several key cities
  • Iraq's army says it has repelled an Islamist-led militant attack on the Baiji oil refinery, the country's biggest
  • Government forces carry out new air strikes on militants advancing towards the capital Baghdad
  • US President Barack Obama is due to discuss Iraq with senior Congress members on Wednesday
  • Iran says it will not "spare any effort" to defend Shia holy shrines in Iraq
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Reporting:

  • Sarah Fowler 
  • Yaroslav Lukov 
  • Jastinder Khera 
  • Mario Cacciottolo 

Last updated 18 June 2014

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