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Iraqi security forces gain control over most of Fallujah

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Iraqi police say they have managed to regain control of more areas in the western city of Fallujah as government forces continue to battle al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Iraqi forces on Friday flushed gunmen out of police stations in the city that were captured by militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Security sources, however, said a quarter of Fallujah remains under the group’s control.

The militants have also advanced into areas of the nearby city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province.

A police official said militants have deployed snipers in one street there.

Both cities have witnessed clashes between the al-Qaeda-affiliated militants and the security forces backed by local tribesmen.

The violence broke out after the army removed an anti-government protest camp in Ramadi on Monday. Iraqi authorities say the camp was being used by terrorist forces.

Iraq has seen a surge in violence since the beginning of last year.

The United Nations says at least 8,000 people lost their lives in Iraq in 2013.

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