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JAN 19, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Iraq Launches Offensive Against Al Qaeda

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi government forces and allied tribal militias launched an all-out offensive Sunday to push al-Qaida-linked militants from a city west of Baghdad, a military official said. Since late December, members of an al-Qaida offshoot — known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — have taken over parts of Ramadi, the provincial capital of the largely Sunni western province of Anbar. They also control the center of the nearby city of Fallujah, along with other non-al-Qaida groups that also oppose the Shiite-led government. The officer said fierce clashes were taking place, ... Read More

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