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Sunni Iraqis condemn government air strikes

Sunni residents in northern Iraq have condemned air strikes by the Shia-led government. Sunni militants are apparently expanding their forces by taking advantage of anti-government feeling among residents.

Iraqi government forces are trying to regain control of Mosul, the country's second largest city, as well as western towns along the border with Syria, which have been seized by Sunni insurgents.

About 2,000 residents displaced by the violence are camped outside Mosul.

A Sunni man who arrived at the camp on Tuesday with his family from the northern town of Tal Afar said government fighter jets have dropped more than 10 bombs a day over residential areas.

He accused the government of stoking sectarian violence by targeting Sunni residential quarters.

Government officials claim the air strikes have been effective. But they also appear to be fueling Sunni discontent with the Shia-led government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Jun. 26, 2014 - Updated 01:33 UTC