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Iraq crisis: 'We are thirsty to fight,' says Shia commander

2 July 2014 Last updated at 23:58 BST

The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has offered an amnesty to militants willing to "return to their senses" and abandon the Isis-led insurgency which is threatening to tear the country apart.

The insurgents now hold vast swathes of territory spanning the Iraq Syria border.

Fighter jets - thought to be Iranian - landed in Baghdad on Wednesday as the Iraqi military struggles to fight back.

Gabriel Gatehouse reports from the Iraqi capital for BBC Newsnight.

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