File - In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 photo, Sunni lawmaker Ahmed al-Alwani speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
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An Iraqi court sentenced former Sunni MP Ahmed al-Alwani to death Sunday for murder, a verdict that could damage Baghdad's ties with a powerful tribe that is battling jihadis.Alwani is a member of the Albu Alwan tribe, members of which are fighting against the jihadsi group ISIS in the Ramadi area of Anbar province, a key front in the war against ISIS.Just days after the raid, security forces demolished the country's main Sunni anti-government protest camp near Ramadi, setting off a series of events that led to the government losing control of parts of that city and all of Fallujah, farther east.Almost 11 months later, Fallujah is still entirely out of Baghdad's control and is now a stronghold of ISIS, while security forces and allied tribesmen are still battling for control of Ramadi.
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