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Anbar Council calls for end to military siege by Iraqi government forces

Local leaders in Anbar seek a local solution to the current crisis.
Iraqi soldiers inspect a vehicle at a check point in west Baghdad, January 6, 2014.  Iraq's prime minister urged people in the besieged city of Falluja on Monday to drive out al Qaeda-linked insurgents to pre-empt a military offensive that officials said could be launched within days. In a statement on state television, Nuri al-Maliki, a Shi'ite Muslim whose government has little support in Sunni-dominated Falluja, called on tribal leaders to drive out militants who last week seized key towns in the desert
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Iraqi security forces, backed by air support, are continuing their wide-scale military operations against al-Qaeda strongholds in the desert areas of Anbar province extending to the Syrian and Jordanian borders.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Jan. 6 called on the residents and tribes of Fallujah, which had fallen under al-Qaeda's control, to expel the “terrorists” from their city to avoid “armed confrontations” in the streets. Meanwhile, the clans and dignitaries in Anbar are insisting on the withdrawal of the Iraqi army from the province’s cities and reliance instead on tribal militants and local police to rid them of al-Qaeda.

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