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Al-Qaida repeats old mistakes as a new act in Falluja’s tragedy unfolds

Peter Beaumont, The Observer The details were barely reported at the time by the world’s media: the killing on 21 December in the west of Iraq’s Sunni-dominated Anbar province of 24 Iraqi army personnel, including the commander of the 7th Division. According to one account, the men were killed by…

Falluja standoff between Iraqi army and insurgents poses dilemma for Obama

Fierce fighting between Iraqi forces and rebel groups including al-Qaida was reported near Falluja on Tuesday, 24 hours after the US agreed to speed up arms sales to the government in Baghdad. The standoff between the Iraqi army and the insurgents poses a dilemma for the Obama administration, torn between…

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