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Ramadi clashes video

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Iraqi government forces battling an al Qaeda offensive near the Syrian border clashed with armed groups on Ramadi city on Sunday (January 5) as military operations continue to impose order in the western province of Anbar. Government officials in Anbar met tribal leaders to urge them to help repel al Qaeda-linked militants who have taken over parts of Ramadi and Falluja, strategic Iraqi cities on the Euphrates River. Al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been steadily tightening its grip in the vast Anbar province in recent months in a bid to create a Sunni Muslim state straddling the frontier with Syria. But last week's capture of positions in Ramadi and large parts of Falluja was the first time in years that Sunni insurgents had taken ground in the province's major cities and held their positions for days. Local officials and tribal leaders in Ramadi said that 25 suspected militants were killed in an

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