Iraqi soldiers deploy during an intensive security deployment in Ramadi, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baghdad January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Iraqi forces pressed an assault on Al-Qaeda-linked fighters holding parts of a city west of Baghdad Tuesday as the UN warned of an "exponential rise" in displaced or stranded families.Violence elsewhere in the country, meanwhile, left five people dead, bringing to nearly 700 the number of people killed in nationwide unrest this month, fuelling fears Iraq is slipping back into the all-out conflict that left tens of thousands dead in 2006 and 2007 . Iraqi security personnel, including soldiers, policemen and SWAT forces working with pro-government tribal fighters continued to assault key neighbourhoods of Ramadi on Tuesday in a bid to wrest back control from gunmen who have held the areas for more than three weeks.
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