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Iraqi forces face resistance in trying to push last of al-Qaeda affiliates out of Ramadi

Publié par Clifford Armion le 20/01/2014

Loveday Morris

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces faced fierce resistance as they launched an offensive Sunday to vanquish pockets of al-Qaeda-linked militants in the city of Ramadi, underscoring the resilience of insurgents, who have also dug in further east in Fallujah.
With the Iraqi armed forces lacking expertise and equipment, the government’s struggle to secure the key cities has stoked concerns that the unrest will spread.
In an unnerving sign, Baghdad was put on lockdown Saturday night amid a prison break, car bombings and mortar fire. Security officials said the violence appeared to involve the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS — the same force that seized Ramadi and Fallujah early this month.
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"Iraqi forces face resistance in trying to push last of al-Qaeda affiliates out of Ramadi", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2014. Consulté le 18/04/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/iraqi-forces-face-resistance-in-trying-to-push-last-of-al-qaeda-affiliates-out-of-ramadi