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Iraqi government vows to take back Ramadi in days

Sunday, January 05, 2014 - 01:30

Jan. 5 - The Iraqi army and tribesman allied against rebels in Ramadi will defeat the al Qaeda-linked fighters in ''one or two days,'' says a government spokesman. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The streets of Ramadi are turning into the wild west of Iraq. Days of violence have left the city deserted. Now anti-government tribesmen patrol the city with little fear. On a day when at least 19 people are feared dead in bombings across Baghdad -- there's optimism from the government. Ali al-Musawi, an advisor to the Iraqi Prime Minister, says security forces are being boosted by pro-government tribesmen. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ADVISOR TO IRAQ'S PRIME MINISTER, ALI AL-MUSAWI, SAYING: "There is increased coordination between the army and tribesmen. The army provides the tribes with weapons and everything they need in this battle against the terrorists. I think this issue will be resolved within one or two days to expel the armed groups. " Ramadi and Falluja -- both in the Anbar province -- have been seized this week by Sunni Muslim militants linked to al Qaeda. The militants are posing a threat to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his Shi-ite-led government. Musawi used this week's events to call on other countries to take a stance against those causing violence to increase in Iraq. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ADVISOR TO IRAQ'S PRIME MINISTER, ALI AL-MUSAWI, SAYING: "Honestly, we would like say to the world that the countries that ferment the terrorism should be punished like other countries that seek to have nuclear weapons or commit genocide. Those countries must be punished because supporting terrorism is no less dangerous." The violence has killed dozens and injured many more.

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Iraqi government vows to take back Ramadi in days

Sunday, January 05, 2014 - 01:30