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Friday, January 3, 2014

Al-Qaida Takes Control Of Fallujah

Armed tribesmen and Iraqi police stand guard in a street as clashes rage on in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, on January 2, 2014. (Azhar Shallal/AFP/Getty Images)

Armed tribesmen and Iraqi police stand guard in a street as clashes rage on in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, on January 2, 2014. (Azhar Shallal/AFP/Getty Images)

During the war in Iraq, American troops fought some of their fiercest battles in Fallujah.

Now two years after the withdrawal of U.S. forces, the city seems to be the hub of a new insurgency.

Al Qaida-linked militants have taken control of most of Fallujah and also the nearby city Ramadi.

More than 7,000 Iraqis died in violence in 2013, and it appears 2014 might be just as bloody. Here & Now’Meghna Chakrabarti  speaks with the BBC’s Mohamed Yehia about the situation in Iraq.

Guest

  • Mohamed Yehia, multimedia producer for the BBC’s Arabic service. He tweets @yeh1a.

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