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Militants 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.
In perhaps a sign of just how serious the threat is to Iraq's
stability, al-Maliki took to the airwaves to call on all men to
volunteer to fight, promising to provide weapons and equipment.
"We will not allow for the remainder of the ... province and the city
to fall," he said in a live speech broadcast on Iraqi state TV.