In this Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 photo, gunmen hold their weapons as they patrol Fallujah, 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq.(AP Photo)
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The bodies of 14 Sunni Muslim tribesmen were found in date palm groves north of Baghdad on Thursday, a day after they were kidnapped by uniformed men in security forces vehicles, Iraqi police and medics said.On Thursday, a suicide bomber killed three pro-government Sunni tribesmen at a checkpoint 25 km west of the rebel-held city of Falluja, police said.Al Qaeda-linked militants backed by Sunni tribesmen hostile to the Shi'ite Muslim-led government, seized Falluja, 50 km west of Baghdad, on Jan. 1 and have been locked in a standoff with Iraqi troops and tanks around the city ever since.
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