(CNN)Â — Militants on Tuesday seized the airport, TV stations and governor’s offices in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, as police and soldiers ran from their posts — a stunning collapse of the security forces that has raised questions about Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s ability to hold the country together.
The Iraqi prime minister has called for a national state of emergency after the city of Mosul and parts of the northern province of Nineveh fell to al-Qaeda-inspired fighters.Â Nouri al-Maliki said on Tuesday that he would ask parliament to declare the emergency afterÂ the overnight takeoverby the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
At least 630 killed in jihadist offensive inÂ Syria
An offensive by a breakaway al-Qaida group in eastern Syria against Islamic rebel factions has killed more than 630 people and uprooted at least 130,000 since the end of April, an activist group said Tuesday.
Gunfire reported near security training academy in airport compound, causing temporary flight disruption.
Authorities urged the Muslim community to remain calm after Sheikh Mohammed Idris was killed on Tuesday.
World Bulletin / Â Unknown assailants gunned down on Tuesday Sheikh Mohammed Idris, the Chairman of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya.Â “I send my condolences to his family and the members of the Muslim community,” Mombasa county Commissioner Nelson Marwa told reporters.
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