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    Iraq PM urges Fallujah to expel al-Qaeda

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    Post by Neno Tue 07 Jan 2014, 6:27 pm

    Iraq PM urges Fallujah to expel al-Qaeda

    Maliki calls on tribal leaders in Anbar province to help drive out al-Qaeda-linked fighters to avoid all-out battle.

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    Iraq's prime minister has urged residents and tribes in Fallujah to drive out al-Qaeda-linked fighters to avoid an all-out battle in the besieged city, a sign that the government could be paving the way for an imminent military offensive.
    In a message broadcast over state television on Monday, Nouri al-Maliki said tribal leaders should help push fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who last week seized key towns in Anbar province, out of Fallujah.
    "The prime minister appeals to the tribes and people of Fallujah to expel the terrorists from the city in order to spare themselves the risk of armed clashes," the statement read.
    We're talking about a matter of days only. More time means more strength for terrorists.
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    The fighters' seizure of Fallujah and parts of the provincial capital, Ramadi, has marked the most direct challenge to Maliki's government since the departure of American forces two years ago.
    The army has surrounded Fallujah, which is just 65km west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. It is located in the vast Sunni-dominated and largely desert province of Anbar, which borders Syria, where ISIL fighters are also battling to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
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    Government forces have shelled and launched multiple air strikes against fighters over the past week, whilst armed Sunni tribesmen from the area are fighting on both sides. Officials say dozens of armed men have been killed, but the number of casualties among civilians, security forces and tribal fighters is not yet clear.
    Maliki urged the Iraqi army to avoid targeting the city's residential areas in the fighting.
    Two local tribal leaders in Fallujah said meetings were being held with clerics and community leaders to find a way to persuade fighters from ISIL to leave the city and avert further violence.
    Security officials said Maliki, who is also commander in chief of the armed forces, had agreed to hold off an assault for now at least to give tribal leaders in Fallujah more time to drive out the fighters on their own.
    "No specific deadline was determined, but it will not be open-ended," a special forces officer told Reuters of plans to attack.
    "We are not prepared to wait too long. We're talking about a matter of days only. More time means more strength for terrorists".
    Dozens of families fled the violence on Monday, heading towards the city of Kerbala, and have sought refuge in schools in neighbouring towns.
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    Post by Neno Tue 07 Jan 2014, 6:28 pm

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    Kerry vows support for Iraq government in Fallujah, but won't send US troops
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    In his first remarks since Islamic militants with Al Qaeda ties overran the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry promised support for Iraq's government, but emphatically rejected any possibility that the U.S. would send troops back into the country, saying of the Baghdad government "this is their fight."
    Speaking as he left Jerusalem for Jordan and Saudi Arabia on Sunday to discuss his effort to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Kerry said, "We will stand with the government of Iraq and with others who will push back against their efforts to destabilize ... We are going to do everything that is possible. I will not go into the details."
    Kerry then added, "We are not contemplating putting boots on the ground."
    Meanwhile, Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has vowed that government troops would remain in the Anbar region until the militants, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), are "eliminated."
    "There will be no retreat until we eliminate this gang and rid the people of Anbar of their evil acts," al-Maliki said, according to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]. "The people of Anbar asked the government for help, they called us to come to rescue them from terrorists."
    Sky News also reported that ISIL had received a boost in recent days from local Sunni tribesmen, who had joined them to fight the forces of Iraq's Shiite-led government. That marks a chance from the years prior to the U.S. withdrawal, when major Sunni tribes turned against Al Qaeda.   
    Lt. Gen. Rasheed Fleih, who leads the Anbar Military Command, told state television Sunday that "two to three days" are needed to push the militants out. Fleih said pro-government Sunni tribes are leading the operations while the army only is offering aerial cover and logistics on the ground.
    Residents told the Associated Press it has been quiet in Fallujah since Saturday night, while sporadic clashes took place Sunday in Ramadi.  
    In Washington, Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina slammed the Obama administration Saturday, calling recent events in Iraq "as tragic as they were predictable."
    "While many Iraqis are responsible for this strategic disaster, the administration cannot escape its share of the blame," the senators said in a joint statement. "When President Obama withdrew all U.S. forces … over the objections of our military leaders and commanders on the ground, many of us predicted that the vacuum would be filled by America's enemies and would emerge as a threat to U.S. national security interests. Sadly, that reality is now clearer than ever."
    U.S. forces secured Fallujah in 2004 after one of the deadliest battles of the Iraq war. Fallujah became notorious among Americans when insurgents in 2004 killed four American security contractors and hung their burned bodies from a bridge. The last U.S. troops left Iraq in 2011. 
    The State Department issued a statement of its own Saturday, saying it was "concerned by efforts of the terrorist Al Qaeda/Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to assert its authority in Syria as well as Iraq ... Their barbarism against civilians of Ramadi and Fallujah and against Iraqi Security Forces is on display for all to see," according to spokeswoman Marie Harf. 
    Iraqi officials have said that at least eight people have been killed and 30 hurt in the latest violence.

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    Post by Neno Tue 07 Jan 2014, 6:31 pm

    IF....the Iraqi forces under Maliki can nip this in the bud, it will make a powerful statement in security matters.
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    Post by Bama Diva Tue 07 Jan 2014, 7:05 pm

    I, personally, am not holding my breath for Maliki to be able to accomplish much. IF he could possible eradicate al Qaeda now, then he could have possibly prevented al Qaeda from systematically gaining control ever since the U.S. And the U.N. left.
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    Post by jacksmack Tue 07 Jan 2014, 8:39 pm

    Neno wrote:IF....the Iraqi forces under Maliki can nip this in the bud, it will make a powerful statement in security matters.
    Agreed, but the man is going to have dump a lot of resources in the process. I think he can make it happen but it's going hurt, weigh your options, an choose words carefully when you got power because it could come back to bite you.

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