Al Qaeda captures Iraqi city of Fallujah

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  1. Poseidon

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    Iraq government loses control of Fallujah
    Security source concedes al-Qaeda group owns streets of town in Anbar, the scene of fierce fighting over last week.
    Last updated: 04 Jan 2014 14:41

    An Iraqi government source told AFP it had lost control of Fallujah to ISIL fighters [Reuters]
    The Iraqi army has attacked Fallujah with mortar bombs in an effort to dislodge al-Qaeda linked fighters as an official conceded the government had lost control of the town.

    Medical sources in the Anbar province town said eight people were killed and another 30 people were wounded in shelling by the army on Friday and Saturday.

    An unnamed senior Iraqi official told the AFP news agency that the government had lost control of Fallujah to fighters from al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

    An AFP journalist in the town also said that ISIL seemed to be in control, with no security forces or anti-al-Qaeda fighters visible on the streets.


    Imran Khan on the situation in Fallujah.
    Officials and witnesses in Fallujah told the Reuters news agency that the northern and eastern parts of the city were under the control of local tribesmen and the ISIL after residents fled to take refuge from the army shelling.

    ISIL has been tightening its grip in the Sunni-dominated desert province, near the Syrian border, in recent months in its effort to create an Islamic state across the Iraqi-Syrian borders.

    In Ramadi, the other main city in Anbar, local tribesmen and the Iraqi security forces have worked together to counter the ISIL.

    But in Fallujah, the Iraqi army has been prevented from entering by local Sunni tribesmen who, despite not supporting al-Qaeda fighters, are opposed to the Shia dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

    Imran Khan, Al Jazeera’s Iraq correspondent, said: "The Iraqi army is on the outskirts of the town, negotiating with tribal leaders to go and fight the ISIL. They need cooperation from the leaders to go in and root out the militants.

    "The military had a base just outside, from where they were shelling the city. They have withdrawn from that base and the tribal leaders have moved in, claiming a victory, but it isn’t clear yet from the army if it was rather a tactical withdrawal."

    Fierce fighting

    More than 100 people were killed on Friday during fighting in Fallujah and Ramadi, one of the worst days since violence flared when Iraqi police broke up a Sunni protest camp in Anbar on Monday.

    The escalating tension shows the civil war in Syria, where mostly Sunni rebels are battling President Bashar al-Assad, who is backed by Shia Iran, is spilling over to other countries such as Iraq, threatening delicate sectarian balances.

    Iraq government loses control of Fallujah - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

    Al-Qaeda militants in Iraq seize much of Fallujah
     
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    This is a blueprint of what will most likely happen in afghanistan, especially with the pig sty of a neighbour down south.
     
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    They have M1A1 ,stryker and BTR

    A simple operation involves 10 M1A1 Abrams and 20 Stryker along with Couple Hundred of Infantry along with an 2 or Four Mi 28 Night Hawks


    Really a Good day for the terrorists who Hidden in the City ..I don't know why they are still sitting in the ducks
     
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    Iraqi forces claim to have driven al-Qaida allies out of Falluja

    Iraqi police and tribal fighters claim on Saturday to have retaken the western city of Falluja from al-Qaida affiliates 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.

    The sudden escalation of violence broke out early last week after a government clampdown on a year-long protest camp in Ramadi demanding more civil rights for the country's Sunni minority.

    Falluja has been held since Monday by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), which is also fighting in neighbouring Syria, in the most serious challenge yet to the authority of the Shia-led government in Anbar province.

    According to a local journalist working for CNN in Falluja, tribal forces and police were again in control of a city where US forces and militants fought one of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq war. Other reports suggested, however, that ISIS fighters still controlled parts of Falluja.

    The claims, none of which could immediately be confirmed, follow a night that saw government forces mortar al-Qaida positions in the north and east of the town.

    Iraqi forces claim to have driven al-Qaida allies out of Falluja | World news | theguardian.com
     
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    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    I thought the yanks withdrew only after defeating al-qaida! but then again they're also arming the same al-qaida now :rolleyes:
     
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    Lt. Gen. Rasheed Fleih, who leads the Anbar Military Command has confirmed that this a wrong report & Fallujah is still in AQ hands.
    Reports say Al Qaeda has taken over city centres & placed ATGM's there.
     
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    I think they have started calling all Sunni militias in Iraq as Al Qaeda.
     
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    Thats idiotic because some are actually engages in the fighting while the army only has a supporting role.
     
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    Fajullah has always had a history of being the most violent city in Iraq.

    No wonder it was retaken or considered to be re taken by Taliban.
     
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    Preparation fire: Iraqi army kills 50 militants in Fallujah artillery and air strikes


    Iraqi government forces have killed 50 militants in artillery and airstrikes as they continue their preparations to storm the anti-government insurgents’ stronghold in the Anbar province city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad.

    The Iraqi defense ministry has announced that 50 members of the Al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) were killed in Saturday’s and Sunday’s aerial bombardment and artillery assaults as government forces and local militias targeted ISIS fighters in the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.

    The ministry also claimed that it has neutralized 135 explosive devices and destroyed 7 vehicles. Large amounts of weaponry were also seized.

    Soldiers and police battled alongside tribesmen in southern Ramadi, AFP reported but were making slow progress. Defense Minister Saadun al Dulaimi visited the troops to oversee the assault.

    The Iraqi government warned on Saturday that it was preparing a full scale assault on the city [LINK], but to date has mostly resorted to heavy bombardment. The army units deployed around the city stayed out of Fallujah to avoid being dragged into a protracted gunfight.


    http://rt.com/news/army-assault-fallujah-battle-557/
     
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    Iraqi army bombards Falluja in preparation for ground assault
     
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