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Officials: 125 killed in monthlong battles in Iraq's Anbar province

Jan. 27, 2014 at 7:21 AM

BAGHDAD, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A monthlong battle in Iraq's Anbar province between anti-government forces and the army has killed 125 people and wounded 541 others, officials said Monday.

Anbar's provincial capital of Ramadi and Fallujah have been the main battlefronts of fierce clashes between the anti-government Sunni tribes and government forces that flared up after Iraqi police dismantled a protest site outside Ramadi in late December, China's Xinhua reported.

On Sunday, the death toll from violence in Fallujah -- and elsewhere across Iraq -- was 26, security and medical officials said.

Eight people were killed in Abu Ghraib, including six soldiers who were at a checkpoint that was attacked, the Middle East News Agency reported.

Four people, including a former Iraqi army general, died in two shootings in Baghdad and three died in attacks in Baquba and Mosul.

Three car bombs in Kirkuk killed four people and three people died in a car bombing in Mishahda, police said.

In Fallujah, a woman and three children were killed when a blast struck their home, a doctor said.

The United Nations refugee agency said Friday more than 65,000 people escaped the conflict in Fallujah and Ramadi during the past week, bringing the number of people uprooted since fighting began to more than 140,000.

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