File - ISIS, an Al-Qaeda offshoot, is waging war and holding territory in Fallujah and Syria.
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Thousands of civilians have fled Fallujah since last week after the military intensified shelling in a new bid to crush a 5-month-old Sunni uprising, killing scores of people in what residents describe as massive indiscriminate bombardment.The mortars, artillery and what residents call "barrel bombs" rained for at least seven days on Fallujah – a city that was the nemesis of U.S. troops a decade ago and is now the main battleground in a war pitting the Iraqi Shiite-led government against rebellious Sunni tribal chiefs and an Al-Qaeda offshoot. More than 420,000 people have already escaped the two main cities of western Anbar province, Fallujah and Ramadi, in fighting since the start of the year. The dead include civilians and fighters. More than 1,100 families – an estimated 6,000 people – fled the shelling, and more are still leaving, according to an Iraqi lawmaker, Liqa Wardi. Residents say the "barrel bombs" finally stopped.The insurgents repulsed a major assault on Nueimiya, an area on the city's southern outskirts, according to the midlevel security officer, Fallujah residents and anti-government tribal fighters.Security officials and some residents believe ISIS has rigged Fallujah with bombs in preparation for an all-out army assault.
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