Iraqi security forces take positions during clashes with Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria in province of Anbar, February 1, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Attacks kill 13 as Iraq forces hit Anbar militantsIraqi government forces pressed their assault on militant strongholds in Anbar province Sunday as attacks elsewhere killed 13 people, with intensifying violence fuelling fears of a return to all-out conflict. The renewed government assault came a day after the defence ministry announced warplanes and artillery had hit a neighbourhood of northern Fallujah, a rare military operation inside the city itself.For weeks, anti-government forces have held parts of Ramadi and all of Fallujah, the first time they have exercised such open control in cities since the peak of violence that followed the invasion nearly 11 years ago.
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