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Anbar's convoluted and rapidly changing condition in the past decade has been a sign of wider stresses that plague Iraq, including the province's successive anti-American, anti-Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and anti-Baghdad rebellions, its gradual loss to ISIS during the past year, and Baghdad's current strategy of returning it to the Iraqi state.What happens in Iraq in the coming months and years matters dearly to the entire Arab world because Anbar's turbulent recent history and its current condition represent fundamental and crucial issues that still challenge most Arab states, and are likely to determine if they persist as sovereign, stable states. On Sunday, the U.S. carried out 39 missions in Iraq, of which 29 targeted ISIS positions near Ramadi.The Anbar assault started with attacks on Fallujah (which has been under ISIS control for 18 months now) and the provincial capital Ramadi, and will expand to cover the entire province. Shiite reprisals against Sunni Iraqis in Fallujah are typical of the stresses that are plaguing Iraq and many Arab states.
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