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Iraq Government loses control of Fallujah - Input Junkie
January 4th, 2014
01:07 pm


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Iraq Government loses control of Fallujah
Edited to add: WHYY included Fallujah in the news at 8PM.

From Aljazeera:
a senior Iraqi security official told the AFP news agency that the government had lost control of Fallujah to fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Videos showed ISIL fighters in control of the main Fallujah highway, and officials and witnesses inside the town told the Reuters news agency that ISIL was in control of nothern and northeastern parts of the town.

The ISIL has been tightening its grip in the Sunni-dominated desert province, near the Syrian border, in recent months in its effort to create an Islamic state across the Iraqi-Syrian borders.

In Ramadi, the other main city in Anbar, local tribesmen and the Iraqi security forces have worked together to counter the ISIL.

But in Fallujah, the Iraqi army has been prevented from entering by local Sunni tribesmen who, despite not supporting al-Qaeda fighters, are opposed to the Shia dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Imran Khan, Al Jazeera’s Iraq correspondent, said: "The Iraqi army is on the outskirts of the town, negotiating with tribal leaders to go and fight the ISIL. They need cooperation from the leaders to go in and root out the militants.

I don't usually post about ordinary breaking news, but Seain Gutridge linked to this story on Facebook.... and I have NPR/BBC running practically all the time, and it didn't sound familiar. It's possible I missed it, so I listened to the WHYY news break at 1:00 PM. South Sudan, concealed carry in Illinois (why is this worth time on a short news break?), strike settled at Boeing, government vs. labor in Cambodia.... but no Fallujah.

This story sounds to me like it ought to be at least somewhat important as a measure of how things are going in Iraq, and 100 dead is frequently enough to make the news.

A google search turns up a bunch of mainstream news articles, so it's not exactly as though the story is being suppressed. News junkies, where are you seeing or not seeing this story?

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Date:January 4th, 2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I count as a news junkie, but I do try to pay attention to what's going on, and you broke the story for me, just now.

There seems to be fashion in news as in everything, and Iraq is just so four years ago :-\
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Date:January 4th, 2014 10:19 pm (UTC)
I saw several pieces this week in Foreign Affairs about the impending loss of Fallujah and Ramadi both. It's a story that's been on the radar of those who watch the world scene. Not sure why WHYY hasn't been talking about it.
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Date:January 5th, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
You saw stories about the impending loss of Fallujah, but did you see stories about the actual loss?
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Date:January 5th, 2014 06:02 am (UTC)
No, not yet. It doesn't come out on weekends. They'll probably have a story on Monday morning.
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Date:January 6th, 2014 03:21 pm (UTC)
It's the lead item in today's "Situation Report" newsletter, as I expected. Also, there's this article in the Washington Post, datelined 3 Jan: Al-Qaeda-linked force captures Fallujah amid rise in violence in Iraq.
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Date:January 4th, 2014 10:59 pm (UTC)
I am, but my main source for non-US news is news.bbc.co.uk
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Date:January 5th, 2014 12:49 am (UTC)
It's a top story on the BBC and Reason 24/7 sites.
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