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Iraq's Armed Revolt In The West

For weeks, Iraqi security forces have been battling jihadist militants and local tribesman in the western province of Anbar. While government troops have successfully put down the armed revolt and have regained control of most of Anbar, there is still fighting in Ramadi and Fallujah.

Masked Sunni gunmen pose with their weapons during a patrol outside the city of Falluja.
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Masked Sunni gunmen pose with their weapons during a patrol outside the city of Falluja.

The fighting has been raging now for over 15 weeks.
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The fighting has been raging now for over 15 weeks.

A member of the Iraqi security forces member aims his weapon during clashes with Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in the city of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar Province.
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A member of the Iraqi security forces member aims his weapon during clashes with Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in the city of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar Province.

Iraqi security forces search for weapons in a compound in Ramadi.
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Iraqi security forces search for weapons in a compound in Ramadi.

Iraqi security forces use tanks and heavily armored vehicles in the fight against the rebels.
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Iraqi security forces use tanks and heavily armored vehicles in the fight against the rebels.

Mourners at a funeral of an Iraqi soldier, who was killed during clashes in Anbar Province, during his funeral in Najaf.
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Mourners at a funeral of an Iraqi soldier, who was killed during clashes in Anbar Province, during his funeral in Najaf.

Militants, in control of a dam, caused flooding in the villages of Zawbaa and Nuaimiya in the Anbar Province.
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Militants, in control of a dam, caused flooding in the villages of Zawbaa and Nuaimiya in the Anbar Province.

Local residents had to use boats to travel around.
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Local residents had to use boats to travel around.

Civilians have also lost their lives. People help the victim of a mortar attack in Ramadi.
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Civilians have also lost their lives. People help the victim of a mortar attack in Ramadi.

Damaged vehicles at the site of a car bomb attack in Ramadi.
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Damaged vehicles at the site of a car bomb attack in Ramadi.

Displaced persons from Anbar Province seek refuge in the northern city of Irbil.
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Displaced persons from Anbar Province seek refuge in the northern city of Irbil.

Refugees who fled fighting from Fallujah settle in a village in Kirkuk, in northern Iraq.
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Refugees who fled fighting from Fallujah settle in a village in Kirkuk, in northern Iraq.

In Baghdad, a billboard depicting a member of the Iraqi security forces aiming his weapon against unseen militants.
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In Baghdad, a billboard depicting a member of the Iraqi security forces aiming his weapon against unseen militants.

In Fallujah, life goes on. Local Iraqis stand watching an armored vehicle carrying militants holding an Islamic jihadist flag.
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In Fallujah, life goes on. Local Iraqis stand watching an armored vehicle carrying militants holding an Islamic jihadist flag.

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