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article imageIraqi army planning major offensive to retake city from Al-Qaeda

By Sami Zaatari     Jan 5, 2014 in World
An Iraqi official has said that the country's army is planning for a "major attack" to dislodge Al-Qaeda militants from the city of Falluja.
Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the country, the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria have occupied large parts of Falluja city for the past few days, as well as taking control in the city of Ramadi.
Iraqi forces yesterday shelled parts of Falluja in an attempt to dislodge the militants from the city, the army shelling left at least eight people dead, but failed in routing the militants from the city.
Meanwhile in Ramadi city, government airstrikes left at least 25 militants dead, as Iraqi forces alongside local tribesmen battled to remove Al-Qaeda fighters from the city.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaking on the latest violence in Iraq, said that the U.S. would provide support for the Iraqis, but would not get directly involved in the fighting, and that this was something the Iraqi government would have to directly confront on its own.
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