Iraqi men and children, who fled Fallujah, stand in the back of a truck as they wait at an army checkpoint at Ayn al-Tamer crossing at the entrance to Karbala province on January 6, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
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Iraqi troops will delay assaulting the militant-held city of Fallujah, an officer said Tuesday, citing fear of civilian casualties, as fighting and missile strikes in Ramadi killed 29 people.Monday night, security forces and allied tribesmen sought to retake south Ramadi from fighters loyal to Al-Qaeda-linked group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), but the assault failed.Three loud explosions were heard outside Fallujah early Tuesday, a witness said, as the army deployed reinforcements.Colonel Steven Warren said an additional 10 ScanEagle surveillance drones would also be supplied.The violence spread to Fallujah, and militants moved in and seized the city after security forces withdrew.Iraq also suffered violence outside Anbar Tuesday.
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