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Iraq

Al-Qaeda-Linked Militants Hold 15 People Hostage At Anbar University

Intense Fighting Continues In Iraq's Anbar Provincei
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June 09, 2014
Iraqi security forces continued fighting with Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents in Anbar Province on June 7 and 8. Clashes erupted in the towns of Garma and Sichir, north of Fallujah, and in the southern part of the provincial capital, Ramadi, where insurgents had earlier taken university professors and students as hostages. Hundreds of people have been killed in Anbar and tens of thousands displaced since the fighting began in January. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq)
By RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq
Sporadic clashes are reportedly continuing at a university campus in the Iraqi city of Ramadi stormed by Al-Qaeda-linked militants two days ago.

A security source told RFE/RL that militants were still holding at least 15 of Anbar University staff hostage.

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an Al-Qaeda splinter group, attacked the university campus in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province, on June 7.

Fierce clashes were also reported in the city of Fallujah and the nearby town of Garma, also in Anbar Province.  

ISIL and other Sunni-led militants have controlled parts of Anbar province, including the city of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi, since late December.

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