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Iraqi army shells Falluja

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 00:36

Jan. 25 - Iraqi army bombards Falluja for a third day in an attempt to retake it from militants, leaving five people killed and 32 others wounded. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Iraqi army units continued to bombard the contested city of Falluja for the third day in a row on Friday (January 24), leaving at least five people killed and 32 others wounded. Hundreds of militants linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have been holding out in the city in Anbar province, after sweeping in to try to take control at the beginning of the year. On Friday smoke was seen billowing up into the Falluja skyline after another mortar attack. ISIL, an al Qaeda offshoot also on the frontlines of Syria's civil war, overran Falluja with help from other Sunni Muslim groups on Jan. 1. The shelling started on Wednesday (January 22) and came hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced that it was time to clear al Qaeda-linked militants out of the rebel-held city. Iraqi troops and security forces have set up a loose cordon around the city, 50 km (31 miles) west of Baghdad, and have clashed sporadically with insurgents inside, but Maliki has said community leaders and tribesmen should force ISIL to withdraw, in order to spare Falluja more bloodshed and destruction. More than 65,000 people have fled fighting in Falluja and nearby Ramadi -- also subject to militant assault -- during the past week, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday.

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Iraqi army shells Falluja

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 00:36