Al Qaeda-linked Militants Overtake Key Iraqi Region

Shiite-Sunni sectarian violence worst since 2011

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Update Jan. 4, 2013, 3:20 p.m.

Iraqi tribes have joined government forces in battling al Qaeda militants, who seized control of much of the western cities Fallujah and Ramadi Friday.

The war in neighboring Syria has helped boost al Qaeda among disenfranchised Sunnis, who have accused Nouri al-Maliki’s government of alienation and hostility, including a recent arrest of a prominent Sunni, USA Today reports.

The sectarian violence between the Shiite-led government and minority Sunnis is the worst Iraq has suffered since American troops left the country in 2011. “The situation is very bad,” said a former governor of the Anbar region, and also confirmed that al Qaeda had taken control.

The U.S. State Department issued a statement in response to the fighting, noting that the U.S. is working with the Iraqi government to support the Iraqi Security Forces, tribal leaders fighting in conjunction with them, and “efforts to defeat our common enemy.”

[USA Today]

38 comments
Muntashir Akon
Muntashir Akon

No, they dont. But they killed many iraqi & afghans who were not terrorist.

Anton Roich
Anton Roich

Bush didn't make it any more worse than it already was. Have you ever seen America gas it's own ppl? Have you ever seen America torture it's own ppl? Have you ever seen America execute it's own ppl or others like Terrorists do?

Anton Roich
Anton Roich

It's Humanity that works among peoples - understanding, discretion, good conscience and Spirit - the activating principle of Human Life - catch that through dialogue and you have a pathway toward Peace.

Anton Roich
Anton Roich

How the hell can you say that? Poisoning his own ppl? Torturing his own ppl? Executing his own ppl? That's a slippery slope to go down - to me - in anyone's book. That's how he got himself into the predicament he found himself in. Three words: Change the Culture.

Banga Baru
Banga Baru

better Americans do not invloved as it is fabric is intricately woven with each sec having own arms group for political supremacy. like minded organisation keep switching at the mere blink of an eye... seems more of a governmental sponsored

Lisa Graham
Lisa Graham

Since the dawn of time, man will never learn.

Bob Rohr
Bob Rohr

Now do you understand why Saddam was Saddam?

Mark Mercuri
Mark Mercuri

wow 20 years later and still this... that's money and lives well spent..

Thomas Hood
Thomas Hood

exactly, hate to say it but iraq was better off when sadam was in power

August Brookwell
August Brookwell

Totally argee, Iraq was a totally useless war. The terrorist targets all oringinated from afghanistan not Iraq. It cost us billions of dollars, thousands of lives, and as soon as we left terrorists started gaining control once again. Even the afghanistan war, although slightly justified, has gone on way too long and has also cost thousands of lives. I predict that the same will happen to afghanistan once we move out, total failure unfortunetly

Mohammad Jasim
Mohammad Jasim

Iraqi forces will kill them all. They came to die in Iraq.

Greg Parsons
Greg Parsons

SO the US aren't backing the Iraqis Franchise of Al Queda?

Ronnie Miller II
Ronnie Miller II

David Bliss this is a continuous struggle with no end in sight!

Antony Carlos
Antony Carlos

Actually yes. Iraq wasn't violent like that before your arrival. It's a fact.

John Salazar
John Salazar

It's exactly like Vietnam. It was a war created by the Bush regime. So many lives lost on both sides for what? Something to validate the $400 billion defense budget? f that!

John Salazar
John Salazar

Sure we did. because all these sects existed in love and harmony prior to our arrival..

Bert Galloway
Bert Galloway

Pardon ...are the only ones that should want us engaged, hopefully our President won't be tricked in getting involved.

August Brookwell
August Brookwell

It's like another Vietnam, as soon as the US pulled out the Terrorists moved in because there was no more protection

Bert Galloway
Bert Galloway

Get our troops out now, we have two terrorist (Al Oadea and Iran) fighting each other. This is like a family fight and if we get involved both will hate us. The country is not stable and bush made it worse. The industrial/ military complex and the criminally insane (neocons

Patrick A. Woodmency
Patrick A. Woodmency

That guy on the right looks familiar. I think I shot his brother outside Ramadi back in 05. Should have shot him too.

Peter Glasø
Peter Glasø

'Sectarian violence'. Religion, in other words. The whole region is doomed because of it..

Muntashir Akon
Muntashir Akon

The US made them mad dog, but now they cannot controll it.

John Salazar
John Salazar

why can't we leave this 3rd world country alone? our current politicians have given us enough to worry about stateside.

DarwinAkbar
DarwinAkbar

Thanks, GEORGE W BUSH! Before you illegally invaded Iraq, there was no Al Qaeda, no Iraqi civil war, Islamic militants were kept in check.


Special thanks also to RONALD REAGAN, who trained and armed the AFGHAN MUJAHIDEEN, who ultimately became the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and ultimately attacked us on 9/11. Those people truly were "freedom fighters" and our religious allies against the godless Communists.