IRAQ FORCES LAUNCH ASSAULT NEAR FALLUJAH, 11 KILLED

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BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces launched an operation Friday to retake areas near the militant-held city of Fallujah in preparation for an eventual assault, a senior officer said, as violence killed 11 people. Anti-government fighters have held Fallujah, just a short drive from Baghdad, and shifting parts of Anbar provincial capital Ramadi, farther west, since early January. “A military operation was launched . . . to eliminate the ISIL organization and liberate Fallujah,” a senior army officer said, referring to powerful jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Shelling and clashes began in and around Fallujah about 3:00 a.m. on Friday and continued for hours, a tribal leader said. Eight people were killed and nine wounded. Among the dead were two children, while another two children were wounded.
AFP

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  1. The whole world wish that peace will return to this previously great country of Iraq, but as the consequence of toppling the previous dictator a power shift resulted. There will never be peace in this land until the government embraces with equal treatment for all its citizens. As it is perceptually Iraq becomes the battle ground between the Sunni and the Shiite and the other citizens in between, caught in the middle. It is a sad place indeed.