Security tight in Baghdad as air strikes pound Anbar
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - 01:25
Jan. 8 - Security is tightened in Baghdad as the government continues air campaign in Anbar province. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Security is tightened in Baghdad Wednesday as heavy clashes between Iraqi forces and Sunni militants continue in Anbar province.
Footage released by Iraq's Defense Ministry shows the government taking the fight to al-Qaeda linked militants who had taken control of part of the province.
But its a fight that can not be won by military force alone says political commentator Adnan Hussein.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) POLITICAL COMMENTATOR, ADNAN HUSSEIN, SAYING :
"The consequences of the military operation depend on how the government will act. If the government depends on the military force, the consequences will be dire. However if the military operations are backed by political efforts, to reach a compromise with the people of Anbar in order to solve the problems, there will be positive results. If the government insists in adopting harsh military measures there cannot be a positive outcome."
In 2004, more than 10,000 U.S. troops fought weeks of battles with several thousand insurgents in Falluja in Anbar province.
The United States said earlier this week that it would fast-track deliveries of military hardware to Iraq, but ruled out sending troops two years after Washington ended nearly a decade of war.
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