A member of the Iraqi security force takes up position with his weapon during clashes with al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Ramadi April 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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A powerful jihadist group inspired by Al-Qaeda has opened a new battlefront with Iraqi security forces that could see it try to push into Baghdad, officials and analysts warn.The latest clashes, just weeks before parliamentary elections, raise key questions over the capacity of the army and police to repel militant attacks.The push by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) into the Abu Ghraib area, sparking clashes in nearby Zoba and Zaidan, as well as a failed assault on a military camp in Yusifiyah, illustrate the group's ambition, even with Fallujah under military siege.Senior security officials insist, however, that any move toward Baghdad by the jihadists is doomed to failure, and that attempts to open a new battlefront are a sign of weakness rather than strength.
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