Skip to comments.Iraqi forces claim to have driven al-Qaida allies out of Falluja
Posted on 01/04/2014 10:34:11 PM PST by fella
Iraqi forces claim to have driven al-Qaida allies out of Falluja
Conflicting claims over city's fate after serious fighting between Sunni Islamist militants and government troops
Iraqi police and tribal fighters claimed to have retaken the western city of Falluja from al-Qaida affiliates on Saturday after heavy clashes that left scores of dead there and in the neighbouring city of Ramadi in recent days.
Amid reports of civilians fleeing fighting elsewhere in Anbar and Ninevah provinces, social media in the country described continuing serious violence in western Iraq between Sunni Islamist militants and forces of the country's Shia-dominated government.
Officials and witnesses said the northern and eastern parts of Falluja were still under the control of tribesmen and militants on Saturday despite shelling from government troops, Reuters reported.
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well, that was quick.
But these were not core al-qaida though.
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