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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