Signs emerge of reprisal sectarian killings

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Associated Press

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 11:04 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — There are indications in Iraq today that the country is moving closer to the kind of sectarian warfare that nearly tore Iraq apart.

The Sunni militants who've seized several key cities in northern Iraq had already been accused of carrying out mass killings of Shiites and other atrocities in areas they captured. And now, police say pro-government Shiite militiamen killed nearly four dozen Sunni detainees at a jail northeast of Baghdad after insurgents tried to storm the jail and free them.

But Iraq's chief military spokesman gives a different version of events -- saying 52 detainees who were held at the police station died when attackers from the Sunni militant group shelled it with mortars.

The fighting around the jail was the closest the battle has come to Baghdad since the al-Qaida breakaway group began its swift advance.

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APPHOTO BKM107: Iraqi men flash victory signs as they leave the main recruiting center to join the Iraqi army in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. Hundreds of young Iraqi men gripped by religious and nationalistic fervor streamed into volunteer centers across Baghdad Saturday, answering a call by the country's top Shiite cleric to join the fight against Sunni militants advancing in the north. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed) (17 Jun 2014)

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