Iraqi acting Defence Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi (3rd R) walks with army officers during the tour in Anbar province, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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An Iraqi provincial governor Saturday gave militants controlling a city near Baghdad one week to surrender as government forces made steady progress in an effort to end a weeks-long crisis.The Anbar governor's ultimatum was directed at anti-government fighters who have held Fallujah for more than a month. Fallujah and provincial capital Ramadi have for weeks been hit by conflict, and while government forces have made steady progress in retaking militant-held areas of Ramadi, they have largely stayed out of Fallujah for fear that an incursion would spark a drawn-out urban conflict with high numbers of casualties.In Ramadi, meanwhile, police Lieutenant Colonel Hamid Shandukh said security forces had defused upwards of 400 roadside bombs, including dozens used to booby-trap houses.
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