Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around militant-held Falluja: medical official

July 22, 2014 10:06 PM

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Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around militant-held Falluja: medical official

FALLUJA Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government air strikes killed 19 people, including children, in Falluja on Monday and Tuesday, a health official in the militant-held city said.

The Iraqi army has been shelling Falluja, 70 km (44 miles) west of Baghdad, for months, trying to drive out the Sunni militants from the group now known as Islamic State. The insurgents, backed by discontented local Sunni tribal leaders, overran the city in January.

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