Jan. 7 - The White House says it's to speed up delivery of military supplies to Iraq to help the country fight al Qaeda-linked militants in Anbar province. Paul Chapman reports.
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Gunfire echoes across the Iraqi city of Falluja.
It's the sound of al Qaeda-linked militants firing their weapons in a show of defiance as Iraqi army tanks line up on the outskirts in the distance.
Iraq's prime minister has urged Falluja's residents to drive out the militants to head off a military offensive that could start in days.
Iraqi military reinforcements were seen leaving Baghdad on Monday.
Falluja, Ramadi and other key cities lie in Anbar province where the troops and equipment are heading.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LIEUTENANT HAIDER, IRAQI ARMY, SAYING:
"The tight measures that we take today are because of the situation in Anbar, to avoid security deterioration or violence in Baghdad. God willing we are at the service of the people and we vow to protect the homeland."
The seizure last week of positions in Falluja and Ramadi was the first time in years Sunni militants have taken such ground and held onto it for days.
The United States which equips Iraq's military is pledging to speed up deliveries to help.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY, SAYING:
"We're accelerating our foreign military sales deliveries and are looking to provide an additional shipment of Hellfire missiles as early as this spring."
For the city of Falluja it's a case of wait and see.
The Iraqi military's holding off for now at least to give tribal leaders a chance to drive out the insurgents themselves.
Militants in the city are threatening to punish any Falluja tribesmen who support the government forces.