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July 12, 2006 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
This is the anti-Fallouja strategy. Here, in the capital of Al Anbar province, the U.S. military is attempting to clear and pacify an insurgent stronghold without leveling the city in the process. In November 2004, U.S. forces surrounded Fallouja, set up checkpoints at every road and worked to empty the area of its civilian population. They then moved in and cleared every house and block. The effort destroyed large swaths of the city and forced a massive reconstruction effort. This time, U.S.
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January 5, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry pledged Sunday to "do everything that is possible" to help Iraqi government forces in an escalating battle against Al Qaeda-linked insurgents in the western province of Anbar, but he said the Obama administration will not send American troops back to Iraq. After heavy fighting, Sunni Muslim militants fighting under the banner of Al Qaeda reportedly have in effect taken control of Fallouja and secured large parts of Ramadi, the province's most important cities.
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December 29, 2006 | Solomon Moore, Times Staff Writer
A large-scale U.S. military operation in Ramadi last month did not target suspected insurgents with airstrikes, U.S. military officials said. Witness statements reported by The Times on Nov. 15 indicated that a U.S. airstrike might have killed at least 30 people, including women and children. But Marine spokesman Lt. Col. Bryan Salas said in a written response to inquiries about the incident that an airstrike Nov. 14 hit a bridge about 10 miles east of Ramadi and resulted in no casualties.
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May 20, 2013 | By Aziz Alwan
BAGHDAD -- Car bombs around Iraq killed at least 65 people Monday as the country's worst wave of violence since U.S. troops withdrew a year and a half ago continued. The attacks that occurred by busy commercial streets in Shiite and Sunni areas followed a string of bombings last week that killed more than 200 people. The ongoing violence has stoked the impression among ordinary Iraqis that the country is sliding back into chaos reminiscent of the civil war that claimed thousands of lives between 2005 and 2008.
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October 18, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A suicide bomber driving a dynamite-laden truck destroyed a key bridge on a highway used by the departing U.S. military, while separate attacks killed nine Iraqis, most of them security force members, police said. There were no casualties in the blast that destroyed the bridge outside the city of Ramadi, about 60 miles west of Baghdad, a local police officer said. The highway is used heavily by the U.S. military to transport equipment out of the country, and is also a major roadway for civilian traffic.
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August 12, 2006 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
At Post 3, when the hours on watch seem to stretch on and the heat gets overwhelming, Lance Cpl. David Hill picks up a walkie-talkie and starts speaking in his best over-the-top local radio announcer voice. "Good afternoon, all gov center and IP posts. This is WKIL coming to you from the rooftops of Ramadi," Hill intones to his small audience of fellow Marines. "Hope you are all enjoying yourselves out there. It is about 120 degrees, and the heat has climbed from suicidal to insane."
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July 16, 2009 | Associated Press
A suicide bomber killed six people in an attack Wednesday in a former insurgent stronghold in Iraq's western province of Anbar, police said. A Baghdad bombing killed five other people. The bomber in Ramadi struck a checkpoint of Iraqi soldiers and police, killing a policeman and five civilians, a local police officer said.
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December 13, 2010 | Ned Parker and Raheem Salman, Los Angeles Times
A suicide car bomb killed at least 13 people Sunday in the western province of Anbar as militants continued a campaign of periodic attacks ahead of the formation of Iraq's next government. The explosion at the Iraqi government compound in the provincial capital, Ramadi, occurred a week after the killing of26 people in a series of bombings around Baghdad. Such violence feeds a general resignation among some Iraqis that, despite improvements in security over the last three years, the Iraqi government remains unable to completely stop the bloodletting.
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January 5, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry pledged Sunday to "do everything that is possible" to help Iraqi government forces in an escalating battle against Al Qaeda-linked insurgents in the western province of Anbar, but he said the Obama administration will not send American troops back to Iraq. After heavy fighting, Sunni Muslim militants fighting under the banner of Al Qaeda reportedly have in effect taken control of Fallouja and secured large parts of Ramadi, the province's most important cities.
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February 23, 2013 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
RAMADI, Iraq - Ali Ouda doesn't leave his birthplace anymore. His knees wobble and cataracts fog his brown eyes. He can't remember his age. Some say he must be 115 years old, but he doesn't look a day over 90. No one really knows. Ouda's days repeat: He wakes up, prays in bed, waits for his sons to sit with him, and then strolls around the fields he has known since childhood, wearing his dishdasha and black and white headdress. He chats with neighbors. His world consists of the immediate area around his farm in the small rural community of Jazeera, at the edge of Ramadi.
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April 27, 2013 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
BAGHDAD - Four Iraqi soldiers were shot dead Saturday, the day after Sunni Arab tribes in the restive western province of Anbar announced that they had formed their own army to defend themselves against the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government. The deadly attack came as Sunni gunmen around Iraq clashed with government forces in the aftermath of a government crackdown on Sunni demonstrators Tuesday in northern Iraq. More than 200 people died last week in fighting between Sunnis and Iraqi security forces.
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February 23, 2013 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
RAMADI, Iraq - Ali Ouda doesn't leave his birthplace anymore. His knees wobble and cataracts fog his brown eyes. He can't remember his age. Some say he must be 115 years old, but he doesn't look a day over 90. No one really knows. Ouda's days repeat: He wakes up, prays in bed, waits for his sons to sit with him, and then strolls around the fields he has known since childhood, wearing his dishdasha and black and white headdress. He chats with neighbors. His world consists of the immediate area around his farm in the small rural community of Jazeera, at the edge of Ramadi.
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December 13, 2010 | Ned Parker and Raheem Salman, Los Angeles Times
A suicide car bomb killed at least 13 people Sunday in the western province of Anbar as militants continued a campaign of periodic attacks ahead of the formation of Iraq's next government. The explosion at the Iraqi government compound in the provincial capital, Ramadi, occurred a week after the killing of26 people in a series of bombings around Baghdad. Such violence feeds a general resignation among some Iraqis that, despite improvements in security over the last three years, the Iraqi government remains unable to completely stop the bloodletting.
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December 31, 2009 | By Nawaf Jabbar and Ned Parker
A suicide bomb attack Wednesday in Anbar province's capital killed 25 people and wounded 100, including the governor. The attack raised fears that the devastating bloodletting that swept western Iraq several years ago may be returning. Gov. Qassim Fahdawi had rushed to the scene of an earlier car bombing in Ramadi and was preparing to leave the site when the suicide bomber struck. The blast killed the governor's security advisor and wounded Fahdawi and at least one other member of the provincial council.
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October 18, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A suicide bomber driving a dynamite-laden truck destroyed a key bridge on a highway used by the departing U.S. military, while separate attacks killed nine Iraqis, most of them security force members, police said. There were no casualties in the blast that destroyed the bridge outside the city of Ramadi, about 60 miles west of Baghdad, a local police officer said. The highway is used heavily by the U.S. military to transport equipment out of the country, and is also a major roadway for civilian traffic.
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September 8, 2009 | Associated Press
Suicide attackers struck near a Shiite Muslim mosque north of Baghdad and a checkpoint west of the capital Monday as at least 17 people were killed in attacks nationwide. The violence was concentrated in former Sunni Arab insurgent strongholds that saw a sharp decline in bloodshed after tribal leaders turned against Al Qaeda in Iraq. Despite the relative calm, recent bombings have raised concerns about a resurgence of violence as the U.S. military scales back its presence, with a full withdrawal planned by the end of 2011.
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March 2, 2008
In regards to "U.S. 'micro-loan' effort yields big results in Iraqi province," Feb. 22: I must comment on this statement: "Here in western Iraq on the border with Syria, there are signs of recovery amid wreckage left from the chaos brought by insurgents in Husaybah and such major battleground cities as Fallouja and Ramadi." Excuse me, but who brought the chaos and the insurgents? The U.S., with our unwarranted, to say the least, invasion. Your rewrite of the Iraqi situation is simply not correct.
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April 29, 2013 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
BAGHDAD - Shiite-dominated areas in southern and central Iraq were rocked Monday by car bomb explosions that killed at least 22 people and fueled fears that the country is sliding into a civil war. The violence occurred as Iraqi security forces surrounded the Sunni cities of Ramadi and Fallouja demanding that the area's tribes hand over those responsible for killing five Iraqi soldiers over the weekend. Authorities gave the tribes 48 hours. The deadline passed, but Jaber Jabri, a member of parliament from Ramadi, said late Monday that a tentative deal had been reached to defuse the situation.
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July 16, 2009 | Associated Press
A suicide bomber killed six people in an attack Wednesday in a former insurgent stronghold in Iraq's western province of Anbar, police said. A Baghdad bombing killed five other people. The bomber in Ramadi struck a checkpoint of Iraqi soldiers and police, killing a policeman and five civilians, a local police officer said.
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