Iraq: Militants seize Saddam Hussein's former chemical weapons site

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014, by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, addressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. PHOTO/AFP

What you need to know:

  • At dawn on June 12, the site's surveillance system, disabled by "the terrorists," showed there was "looting of some equipment and appliances
  • The militants have led a month-old crisis that has seen a jihadist-led alliance overrun large swaths of northern and north-central Iraq



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