Second Largest City in Iraq
Mosul becomes the second major city in Iraq to fall to ISIL. Since January, they have controlled Fallujah. They also have control over parts of Ramadi. ISIL has now established itself in Anbar and Nineveh provinces and is within threatening distance to western Baghdad.
UPDATE: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki asked the country's parliament to declare a state of emergency after ISIL militants captured Mosul. Reports from the city indicate that police and armed forces have abandoned their posts, leaving ISIL in complete control of Mosul and its surrounding areas.