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This image made from video posted by Iraqi0Revolution, a group supporting the al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a militant standing in front of a burning Iraqi Army Humvee in Tikrit, Iraq. (AP Photo/Iraqi0Revolution via AP video)

Sunni militants capture 2 towns north of Baghdad

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Kurdish security forces deploy outside of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/ Emad Matti)

– Iraqi officials say al-Qaida-inspired militants who this week seized much of the country’s Sunni heartland have pushed into an ethnically mixed province northeast of Baghdad, capturing two towns there.

Police officials said Friday that militants driving on machinegun-mounted pickups entered the towns of Jalula and Sadiyah in Diyala province on Thursday night. Jalula is 80 miles and Sadiyah is 60 miles from Baghdad.

The officials say Iraqi soldiers abandoned their posts there without any resistance. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.

They also say Kurdish forces from northern Iraq entered Jalula to secure offices of Kurdish parties. No clashes were reported.

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