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Iraq crisis: John Kerry in Baghdad as Isis seizes more towns

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, as Sunni insurgents expand their control of towns across north-western Iraq.

In Egypt on Sunday, Mr Kerry warned that Sunni militants Isis' "ideology of violence and repression is a threat not only to Iraq but to the entire region".

On Sunday rebels - spearheaded by Isis militants - captured border crossings to Syria and Jordan.

The strategically important airport in the northern Tal Afar has also fallen.

The town controls the main road from the Syrian border to Mosul, Iraq's second biggest city, which was captured by the rebels two weeks ago.

Officials said the rebels of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant took two key crossings in Anbar on Sunday, a day after seizing one at Qaim, a town in the province that borders Syria.

The capture of Tal Afar airport is a blow to the government as they were hoping to use it as a springboard to recapture the city of Mosul, says the BBC's Jim Muir in northern Iraq.

In other developments:

    Police sources in Iraq have told the BBC that 70 prisoners have been killed near the city of Hillah south of Baghdad. The prisoners, who were all accused of terrorism, were being moved further south for security reasons when the convoy came under attack by gunmen. They were killed in the crossfire, several policemen were injured and six of the gunmen were shot dead, police said
    Insurgents are reported to be taking control of a dam near the city of Haditha, the destruction of which would damage the country's electrical grid. The Iraqi military has sent reinforcements to the dam's site to protect it, reports say
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