Before Mosul, Iraqi army may face fight at the gates of Baghdad

December 31, 2015 3:10 PM

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Before Mosul, Iraqi army may face fight at the gates of Baghdad

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces may face a big battle near Baghdad before they can try to retake the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul: Falluja, a long-time bastion of Sunni Muslim jihadists at the capital's western gates.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's government and the U.S.-led coalition backing it have been cagey so far in plans for Falluja, which lies between Baghdad and Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar province that the Iraqi military recaptured this week from the militants.

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