More Cities in Iraq Fall to Militants Linked to Al Qaeda

Hundreds of thousands of families flee as the insurgents advance toward Baghdad.
2:06 | 06/11/14

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Transcript for More Cities in Iraq Fall to Militants Linked to Al Qaeda
Crisis unfolding in Iraq it was last night here we showed you that city in the north taken over by a group linked to al-Qaeda gridlock as families tried to get out of harm's way. And we all remember that iconic moment eleven years ago US forces toppling Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad. -- tonight that city is now bracing itself for what's coming ABC's chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz again tonight. And with breathtaking speed and brutality the militants are advancing towards Iraq's capital of Baghdad. Seizing American supplied vehicles and weapons left behind by the Iraqi troops we trained. Who are now simply abandoning their post. Leaving hundreds of thousands of families running from the violence. The militants so ferocious so barbaric that even al-Qaeda disavowed them -- gold to build -- brutally strict Islamic state across the region. Trained in the chaos of Syria they have taken down one major city after another in just days moving from Mosul and heading south. Today it was -- -- that fell Saddam Hussein's hometown. Where eleven years ago he was found hiding in a whole. Months after the US forced him from power. We travel to Iraq and -- the -- Violence ourselves January. Thousands already killed all two bombings here retired general Peter -- -- spent two years commanding troops in Iraq. Older. Americans that I served with -- who served in Iraq who died in Iraq and who were wounded in Iraq. Watching this unfold in the most unfortunate way possible and heartbreak. And -- with us now from Washington Martha you have sources on the ground in Baghdad what -- -- -- their tonight. -- residents are really afraid to move David anywhere around the city Iraqi military forces from Baghdad have been sent to a form a defensive line just twenty miles from the capital. But of course Iraqi forces may well just one -- Martha Raddatz tonight Martha thank you.

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