Sunni militants took over the city of Mosul—one of the largest in Iraq—today. From the Wall Street Journal:
Government forces fled the northern city of Mosul in disarray as hundreds of well-armed militants overran government buildings, television stations and military bases where U.S.-supplied heavy weaponry is stored...
"The whole of Mosul collapsed today. We've fled our homes and neighborhoods, and we're looking for God's mercy," said Mahmoud Al Taie, a dentist. "We are waiting to die."
The rebel group, Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, already controls the city of Fallujah. The group was once allied with al-Qaida, but al-Qaida disavowed that association in February, apparently via a surreal public statement that complained about ISIS' failure to meet appropriate standards of "teamwork."
TODAY IN SLATE
Meet the New Bosses
How the Republicans would run the Senate.
Even by Russian Standards, Moscow’s Anti-War March Was Surprisingly Grim
I Wrote a Novel Envisioning a Nigerian Space Program. Then I Learned Nigeria Actually Has One.
The Best Thing About the People’s Climate March in NYC
Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom
This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059
Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?
A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.