Iraqis take on al-Qaida in 2 cities
Truck bomb leaves 19 dead in latest round of bloodshed
Posted: January 3, 2014 at 2:33 a.m.
BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces and allied tribesmen battled Thursday to put down al-Qaida-linked gunmen who, in a coordinated surge, ran rampant in two of the country’s main Sunni cities, overrunning police stations and sweeping through the streets, emboldened by mounting sectarian tensions between minority Sunnis and the Shiite-led government.
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Front Section, Pages 6 on 01/03/2014