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Iraqi Forces Close Sunni Protest Camp, 10 Killed

Ramadi has been a focal point of Sunni protests against Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shi'ite-led government.
Deadly clashes have broken out between security forces and protesters in the central Iraqi city of Ramadi.

At least 10 people are reported dead in the fighting as police dismantled a Sunni Muslim protest camp.

The move on the protesters comes two days after the arrest of Sunni parliament deputy Ahmad al-Awani at his home in Ramadi, during which his brother and five guards were killed.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his Shi'ite-led government had vowed to close the Ramadi camp -- which was set up one year ago -- saying it had become a headquarters for Al-Qaeda.

Tensions in the area rose after 15 soldiers were killed in a December 21 operation against Al-Qaeda in Anbar Province, where Ramadi is located.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, AP, and dpa