In this photo released by the Iraqi Army taken on March 20, 2014, Iraqi Security forces prepare to attack al-Qaida positions in Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Iraqi Army)
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Iraqi soldiers killed more than 40 militants in clashes near Baghdad on Thursday as anti-government fighters edged close to the capital just weeks before national parliamentary elections.On Thursday morning, militants attacked an army camp in Yusifiyah, just southwest of the capital, the interior ministry said in a statement.The fighting spurred concerns that militants who have for months controlled the town of Fallujah, a short drive from Baghdad, could be looking to open a new front to encroach on the capital.More than 2,300 people have been killed in Iraq so far this year, with unrest at its highest level since 2008 when the country was emerging from a brutal Sunni-Shiite sectarian war that left tens of thousands dead.
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