The situation in Iraq is incredibly fluid, but things aren’t looking good for the fledgling democracy’s second-largest city, Mosul. CNN has a pretty good summary of what’s going on there:
Monday night into Tuesday, militants seized Mosul’s airport, its TV stations and the governor’s office. They freed up to 1,000 prisoners.
Police and soldiers ran from their posts rather than put up a fight, abandoning their weapons as they went. The militants took their place in the city’s boulevards and buildings.
“There was no presence of any government forces on the streets, the majority of their posts destroyed and manned by (Islamist militants),” resident Firas al-Maslawi said.
An audio recording purportedly from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria [ISIS] promises more fighting in more Iraqi cities, including Baghdad.
“Continue your march as the battle is not yet raging,” a voice said to be that of ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani says.
Vox also has a run-down with details about how nearly 30,000 Iraqi troops “simply turned and ran” when confronted by a force of just 800 militants.