A masked Sunni Muslim gunman takes position with his weapon during a patrol in the city of Fallujah, 70 km (44 miles) west of Baghdad January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Members of al-Qaida's branch in Iraq have handed out pamphlets urging residents in Fallujah to take up arms and back the militants in their weekslong fight against government troops as clashes raged on around the city, residents said Thursday.Clashes between Iraqi security forces and al-Qaida militants raged in two neighborhoods in Fallujah, 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Baghdad, from late Wednesday night to Thursday morning, the residents said.Two senior military officials said that one soldier was killed and three others were wounded by sniper fire during a clash between soldiers and militants in the village of al-Bubali, between Fallujah and Ramadi.
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