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Crisis in Iraq

Iraqi PM fires 4 military commanders as Sunni militants surge

Sunni militants in Iraq continued their offensive on Wednesday, attacking the country's largest oil refinery. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki fired four of his top military officers on Tuesday over their failure to perform "their national duty" and stop the advance by the Islamic extremists, the government said. The rebels have taken over several cities over the last week and vowed to attack Baghdad. Read more about the latest offensive at USA Today.