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Militants that captured Tikrit now threaten Iraq's capital city

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Militant group ISIS - linked to Al Qaeda - captured Tikrit, Iraq, and has reportedly promised to go after Baghdad. (Source: CNN/YOUTUBE) Militant group ISIS - linked to Al Qaeda - captured Tikrit, Iraq, and has reportedly promised to go after Baghdad. (Source: CNN/YOUTUBE)

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (CNN/REUTERS/YOUTUBE/IRAQI TV) - The militant group that seized control of Iraq's second largest city is now threatening to take over Baghdad.

An audio recording purportedly from Al Qaeda splinter group ISIS - the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria - vows to "rage in Baghdad and Karbala."

ISIS seized Tikrit on Wednesday, and Mosul - a city with 1.6 million residents - remains under the militants' control.

Power, water and phone lines have been cut in portions of Mosul, 250 miles north of Baghdad, where ISIS has seized the important transportation hub.

Half a million people fled as the group took over.

Some U.S.-trained Iraqi soldiers discarded their uniforms and abandoned their armed vehicles and weapons during the fighting.

As ISIS continues its rampage, the Iraqi government is growing more desperate, calling for help from within the country as well.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called it "a humanitarian crisis" and asked Parliament to declare a state of emergency, calling on men to volunteer to fight.

The speaker of Iraq's Parliament urged the U.S. to "play a role in supporting Iraq against this terrorist attack." He also asked for "urgent relief for the displaced by the international community."

"We are certainly in touch with Iraqi leadership as much as possible, but ultimately this is for the Iraqi security forces and the Iraqi government to deal with," said U.S. Defense Department Press Secretary John Kirby.

Iraq Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari is urging Iraqi politicians to unite and bridge sectarian divisions that underpin the battlefield gains of ISIS.

It was only two and a half years ago that U.S. forces left the country believing they had ISIS on the ropes, all but destroyed.

"It could be an inducement to all of them to think about the greater interests and to resolve their problems and to form a new government on the basis of a national unity government," Zebari said.

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