Parts of Two Key Iraqi Cities Fall to Qaeda Group Active in Syria

(New York Times) Yasir Ghazi and Tim Arango - Radical Sunni militants aligned with al-Qaeda threatened Thursday to seize control of Falluja and Ramadi, two of the most important cities in Iraq, setting fire to police stations, freeing prisoners from jail and occupying mosques. Both cities are in the western province of Anbar. Nearly one-third of the American soldiers killed in the war died trying to pacify Anbar, and Americans fought two battles for control of Falluja. The Sunni militants fought beneath the same banner as the most hard-line jihadists they have inspired in Syria - the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

2014-01-03 00:00:00

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