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IraqCommentary 21914

IraqCommentary 21914

An Iraqi stands on a pickup that was seized from anti-government fighters affiliated to the al-Qaeda Islamist organization during a military operation led by Iraqi soldiers and policemen against them on February 8, 2014, in the city of Ramadi, west of the capital Baghdad in the Anbar province. Fallujah and provincial capital Ramadi have for weeks been hit by conflict, and while government forces have made steady progress in retaking militant-held areas of Ramadi, they have largely stayed out of Fallujah for fear that an incursion would spark a drawn-out urban conflict with high numbers of casualties.

AZHAR SHALLAL