In this picture taken on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, tribal fighters supported by Iraqi security forces search homes looking for al-Qaida-linked militants in Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo)
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Iraqi soldiers and police backed by helicopters and tanks Monday battled militants for control of a northern town that has repeatedly changed hands in recent days, officials said.Militants Thursday took part of Sulaiman Bek and nearby areas in Salaheddin province, north of Baghdad, setting off a cycle of clashes with security forces. Another official, Shallal Abdel-Baban, said that only about 60 percent of the area was back in government hands.In Baghdad, a series of bomb killed at least killed at least 19 people, officials said.The deadliest took place in the eastern Ur neighborhood where a car bombing killed at least 10 people and wounded 23 others, police said.Another car exploded in central Karrada, killing eight people and wounding 25 others, police added.
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