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Volunteers who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against predominantly Sunni militants carry weapons and the Iraqi flag during a parade in the streets in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood on June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

Iraq insurgent advance slows; U.S. sends aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf

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BAGHDAD - An offensive by insurgents that threatens to dismember Iraq seemed to slow on Saturday after days of lightning advances as government forces regained some territory in counter-attacks, easing pressure on the Shi'ite-led government in Baghdad.

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