Iraqi security forces take part in an intensive security deployment in Ramadi, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baghdad January 26, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Gun attacks north of Baghdad killed seven members of Iraq's security forces Tuesday, the latest in a surge in violence fuelling fears the country is slipping back into all-out conflict.Sunni militants regard them as traitors and often target them, as well as Iraq's security forces.It comes as security forces are locked in battles with militants, including those affiliated with the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), in Anbar, a mostly-Sunni desert region west of Baghdad that shares a border with Syria.The standoff has forced more than 140,000 people to flee their homes, the UN refugee agency said, describing this as the worst displacement in Iraq since the 2006-2008 sectarian conflict.
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