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Fighting Between Iraqi Forces, Militants Kills 34

Tribal fighters aligned with government forces are seen patrolling the streets in the city of Falluja, 50 km west of Baghdad Jan. 5, 2014.Tribal fighters aligned with government forces are seen patrolling the streets in the city of Falluja, 50 km west of Baghdad Jan. 5, 2014.
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Tribal fighters aligned with government forces are seen patrolling the streets in the city of Falluja, 50 km west of Baghdad Jan. 5, 2014.
Tribal fighters aligned with government forces are seen patrolling the streets in the city of Falluja, 50 km west of Baghdad Jan. 5, 2014.
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Fighting between Iraqi forces and al-Qaida-linked militants who seized control of two western cities has killed at least 34 people and wounded 58.
 
Iraqi officials say government forces launched an air strike on Ramadi Sunday. But residents say it has been quiet since late Saturday in Fallujah.
 
Pro-Sunni and pro-al-Qaida militants took over both cities last week. They have been fending off government forces and allied tribal fighters, including some Sunnis who oppose the militants.
 
Lieutenant General Rasheed Fleih, who leads the Anbar Military Command, says it will take a few days for government forces to retake the two cities.
 
Also Sunday, separate car bombs killed at least 19 people in Baghdad.
 
Violence between Iraq's Shi'ite-led government and the Sunni minority has killed thousands over the last year.
 
Sunnis accuse the government of ignoring their needs and marginalizing them politically. Iraqi official accuse the Sunnis of involvement in terrorism.
 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the United States will provide assistance to Iraqi forces in their battle against the pro-al-Qaida militants, but, in a reference to the Iraqi government, stressed that it is "their fight."
 
Kerry said there are no plans of sending U.S. ground troops back into Iraq.

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by: MikeBarnett from: USA
January 06, 2014 4:26 PM
Providing arms to Prime Minister Maliki is the correct path since his is the elected government. Further, he fights al Qaeda that attacked the US on 9-11-2001. Al Qaeda is a Sunni group, and Iraq is two thirds Shia, so Iraq's government won't aid al Qaeda. Those who live in the region should fight their battles, if necessary, but the US can provide arms to those who are not US enemies, especially if they fight US enemies.

by: Taiji Robinhood
January 06, 2014 5:50 AM
This is a great American heritage of invading Iraq. So many people lost their lives since the American invasion which has caused the distability in the Middle East region.

by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
January 05, 2014 8:47 PM
Are the Sunnis and the al-Qaeda better than the Shiites and the
and the Iranians in Iraq? When Saddam was in power, it was the hegemony of the Sunnis. After the withdrawal of the US, it is the hegemony of the Shiites. The US should have divided Iraq into three countries (!) the Shiites in the south, (2) the Sunnis in the middle, and the (3) Kurdish in the north. If the division of Iraq has happened after deposing Sadam Husein, all the present terrorism and bloodshed in Iraq should have subsided. The ethnic fighting in Iraq will continue as these opposing factions cannot find a common ground for peace in Iraq. The US will support the fight against al Qaeda, but will destroy the trust of the Sunnis, perpetuating the ethnic struggle in Iraq.

by: Sunny Enwerem from: Abeokuta Nigeria
January 05, 2014 12:58 PM
I oppose any US assistance to the government of Mr Malike ,him and his supporters anticipated such a challenge yet refused to sign an agreement which clearly makes him unwise and unfit to govern,I see KARMA calling on his indirect assistance to Iran and Assad.

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