News / Middle East

Iraqis Flee Fallujah Ahead of Possible Assault

Iraqi tribal fighters who have been deployed onto the streets, patrol in the city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad Jan. 5, 2014. Iraqi tribal fighters who have been deployed onto the streets, patrol in the city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad Jan. 5, 2014.
x
Iraqi tribal fighters who have been deployed onto the streets, patrol in the city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad Jan. 5, 2014.
Iraqi tribal fighters who have been deployed onto the streets, patrol in the city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad Jan. 5, 2014.
VOA News
Families are fleeing the Iraqi city of Fallujah as Iraqi troops mass outside the city, in position for a possible assault on Islamic militants who took control of the city last week.

On Monday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned of a possible military offensive on Fallujah within days and urged residents and tribes in the city to "expel" the al-Qaida linked militants to preempt such an action. 

Maliki, a Shi'ite whose government has little support in Sunni Fallujah, says he has ordered security forces not to strike residential areas.

  • A firefighter hoses down a destroyed vehicle at the site of bomb attack in Kirkuk, Jan. 7, 2014.
  • A woman stands near the site of bomb attack in Kirkuk, , Jan. 7, 2014.
  • Security personnel search the vehicle of a resident who is fleeing violence in Anbar province at a checkpoint in Ein Tamarm, Jan. 6, 2014.
  • A burned police vehicle left in the main street of Fallujah after clashes between Iraqi security forces and al-Qaida fighters, Jan. 5, 2014
  • Gunmen patrol during clashes with Iraqi security forces in Fallujah, Jan. 5, 2014.
  • Mourners and Sunni gunmen chant slogans against Iraq's Shiite-led government during funeral of a man killed in clashes in Fallujah, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • Civilians load their belongings as they leave their homes after clashes between the Iraqi army and al-Qaida fighters in Fallujah, Jan. 5, 2014.
  • Iraqi security forces and people gather at the site of a road side bomb attack in central Baghdad, Jan. 5, 2014.
  • Sunni Muslim fighters watch as a police vehicle burns during clashes in Ramadi, Jan. 2, 2014.

In violence elsewhere in Iraq Tuesday, a truck laden with explosives rammed into a police station in the Kirkuk district, killing two people and wounding at least 40 others.

On Sunday, at least 34 people died in Ramadi during fierce fighting between Iraqi security forces and al-Qaida-linked Islamist fighters.  Government forces followed up with an air strike on Ramadi.

The United States has reaffirmed its support for Iraq in its fight against the militants and said it will accelerate U.S. military sales and deliveries to the nation. But White House spokesman Jay Carney said while the U.S. will send more surveillance drones and Hellfire missiles to Iraq this year, Iraq must take the lead and handle the conflict itself.

You May Like

Koreas Mark 61st Anniversary of War Armistice

Muted observances on both sides of heavily-armed Demilitarized Zone that separates two decades-long enemies More

Judge Declares Washington DC Ban on Public Handguns Unconstitutional

Ruling overturns capital city's prohibition on carrying guns in pubic More

Pricey Hepatitis C Drug Draws Criticism

Activists are using the International AIDS Conference to criticize drug companies for charging high prices for life-saving therapies More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Students in Business for Themselvesi
X
Mike O'Sullivan
July 26, 2014 11:04 AM
They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Not Even Monks Spared From Thailand’s Junta-Backed Morality Push

With Thailand’s military government firmly in control after May’s bloodless coup, authorities are carrying out plans they say are aimed at restoring discipline, morality and patriotism to all Thais. The measures include a crackdown on illegal gambling, education reforms to promote students’ moral development, and a new 24-hour phone hotline for citizens to report misbehaving monks. Steve Sandford reports from Bangkok.
Video

Video Virtual Program Teaches Farming Skills

In a fast-changing world beset by unpredictable climate conditions, farmers cannot afford to ignore new technology. Researchers in Australia are developing an online virtual world program to share information about climate change and more sustainable farming techniques for sugar cane growers. As VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, the idea is to create a wider support network for farmers.
Video

Video Airline Expert: Missile will Show Signature on Debris

The debris field from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is spread over a 21-kilometer radius in eastern Ukraine. It is expected to take investigators months to sort through the airplane pieces to learn about the missile that brought down the jetliner and who fired it. VOAs Carolyn Presutti explains how this work will be done.
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

AppleAndroid