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People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

Iraq asks United States for air support to counter rebels

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BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraq has asked the United States for air support in countering Sunni rebels, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday, after the militants seized major cities in a lightning advance that has routed the Shi'ite-led government's army.

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