Iraqi soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint in Ein Tamarm, a town some 40 km (25 miles) west of Kerbala, January 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed
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Tribesmen and police retook two areas of Anbar provincial capital Ramadi from militants Friday, but gunmen still held other parts of the city and controlled another town on Baghdad's doorstep.Gunmen seized all of Fallujah, just 60 kilometers from Baghdad, and parts of Anbar provincial capital Ramadi last week, the first time militants have exercised such open control in major cities since the insurgency that followed the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.Tribesmen and local police Friday retook the Malaab and Fursan areas of Ramadi from Al-Qaeda-linked militants, tribal military commander Mohammad Khamis Abu Risha told AFP.Two civilians were killed and four others were wounded in violence in the city, according to a doctor, while eight militants also suffered injuries.The violence spread to Fallujah, and militants moved in and seized the city and parts of Ramadi after security forces withdrew.
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