Iraq says 33 'terrorists' killed in Fallujah
By Aref Youssef, Sunday, March 23, 2014
BAGHDAD – The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Sunday killing 33 "terrorists" and torching seven vehicles in the restive city of Fallujah, in the western Anbar province.
It a statement, the ministry said army forced had foiled an attack by a "terrorist group," killing 33 militants and burning down seven vehicles.
Since last December, the Iraqi army has waged a major offensive in the Sunni-majority Anbar province with the stated aim of flushing militants – who Baghdad claims are linked to Al-Qaeda – out of the key cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.
Hundreds have been killed and injured in the two cities since the offensive began, according to government officials.
Many local Sunni tribes opposed to Iraq's Shiite-dominated government, meanwhile, have continued to voice anger over the operation's mounting civilian death toll.
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