Iraq on the Edge of Civil War

Militants with ties to al Qaeda continue to storm through the country taking city after city.
2:16 | 06/12/14

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Americans are being evacuated in Iraq has fears militants once linked to al-Qaeda storm toward the capital Baghdad. After nine years of war and sacrifice -- US forces ever go back and ABC's chief foreign correspondent Terry Moran leads us off on the ground with the developments of right now. For -- is fighting today in Northern Iraq. Iraqi soldiers desperately trying to hold off the jihadist onslaught sweeping down towards Baghdad but the Iraqi troops are losing. These incredible scenes posted on YouTube by the militants. Show thousands of Iraqi soldiers who simply surrendered and are now prisoners the militants claim they have racked up victory after victory vast territory major cities falling under their black flag. And these fighters now threaten Baghdad. Eleven years after US troops toppled Saddam Hussein all that is now crumbling. The triumphant fighters from the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria as they're called crisis a track record a brutality. Executions mass bee headings massacres even al-Qaeda has disavowed them their goal. A new nation straddling two countries in pure Islam as -- -- strict in tolerant puritanical. You can sense the fear here just down this road past this long line of cars less than an hour away. The city of Mosul under control of militant people fleeing for their lives but there. Families and possessions and every car and searched for weapons and explosives. A wounded child. Whole families with nowhere to go and anger at the government and army that failed them the army just left had just left. President Obama today resisting pleas from the Iraqi Government for immediate US air strikes to turn the tide. Tread cautiously I don't rule out anything. Because we do -- -- -- making sure that. These unite us not getting. A permanent foothold. But here in Iraq many people fear it may be too late there's a widespread sense that this country. Which has suffered so much for so many years has reached a turning point. It is about to disintegrate altogether.

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