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ISIS terrorists 37 miles from Baghdad

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A car bomb killed at least 12 in part of Baghdad on Tuesday. (Source: FOX) A car bomb killed at least 12 in part of Baghdad on Tuesday. (Source: FOX)

(FOX) - More chaos in Iraq as a car bomb in the Shiite district of Baghdad known as Sadr City killed at least 12 people and injured scores more.

That followed reports that Shiite militiamen summarily executed four dozen Sunni prisoners, purportedly amidst a siege on the facility where they were being held.

With fighters from the al-Qaida-linked group ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, battling government forces in Baquba, 37 miles from the capital, the Pentagon acknowledged the enemy does now possess some American-supplied military hardware, but not a particular kind of missile system as had been reported.

"We don't have a perfect inventory of that. The Iraqi government is investigating all that. On stingers, I've seen no firm indications that they are in possession of that particular (missile) system," said Pentagon Spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby.

Defense department officials also provided some detail about the roughly 275 U.S. troops that President Obama, citing the War Powers Resolution, notified Congress late Monday he was deploying to Iraq.

Roughly 160 are to help with embassy security, roughly another 100 are being "forward stationed" outside of Iraq.

"And one of the things that this group does, and is proficient at, is airport management and security," Kirby said.

On the sidelines of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva, Under Secretary of State William Burns spoke briefly with Iranian diplomats about the crisis in Iraq.

But the exchange did not include discussion of military coordination between the two antagonists.

"They discussed the need to support inclusively in Iraq and the need to refrain from pressing a sectarian agenda," said U.S. State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki.

But one of America's most seasoned diplomats, a former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan and other Islamic countries, faulted the current leadership at the State Department for mishandling this account.

Psaki also chided the embattled Iraqi president, Nouri al-Maliki, saying he was "inaccurate and offensive" when he alleged that the ISIS fighters advancing toward Baghdad are drawing moral and financial support from Saudi Arabia.

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