In this Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 photo, gunmen stand guard in Fallujah, 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo)
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A series of car bomb attacks and clashes between security forces and militants around and north of Baghdad killed at least 21 civilians, officials said Sunday, amid an ongoing standoff between Iraqi forces and Al-Qaeda-linked militants west of the Iraqi capital.Another parked car bomb targeted a gathering of buses and taxis in Baghdad's northern Hurriyah neighborhood, killing four civilians and wounding 12, the same police officer said.The attacks come as Iraqi security forces and allied Sunni tribal militias in Anbar have been battling Al-Qaeda-linked militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria.Fallujah remains in the hands of the militants and tribal gunmen opposed to the central government. Clashes between militants and security forces have killed at least 60 people since the violence erupted after the Dec. 28 arrest of a Sunni lawmaker sought on terrorism charges and the dismantling of an anti-government Sunni protest camp in Ramadi.
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