A member of the Iraqi security stands guard outside the Anbar province police headquarters in Ramadi. AFP PHOTO/AZHAR SHALLAL
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Iraqi government forces battling Al-Qaeda-linked militants intensified airstrikes and artillery fire on the rebel-held city of Fallujah Sunday, and at least seven people were killed, according to hospital officials and tribal leaders.A Reuters witness saw gunmen driving the Humvees, in which they were holding four people wearing Iraqi army uniforms captive.Hospital officials said 42 people had been wounded by the airstrikes, artillery and mortar shelling.It was not clear if militants had sustained casualties.In a separate incident, three car bombs went off in the city of Kirkuk, killing five people and wounding 14, police and medical sources said. An army captain was killed and three soldiers were wounded when gunmen opened fire on their patrol in a village north of the city.
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