Iraqis urged to push out al-Qaida

Iran offers support, no troops, to help retake Fallujah

Posted: January 7, 2014 at 4:01 a.m.

Civilians buy medicine from the only open pharmacy in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Clashes continued late Sunday and early morning Monday between al-Qaida and Iraqi troops on the main highway that links the capital, Baghdad, to neighboring Syria and Jordan. Al-Qaida fighters and allied tribes are still controlling the center of the city where they are deployed in streets and around government buildings. (AP Photo)

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s prime minister urged Fallujah residents Monday to expel al-Qaida militants to avoid an allout battle in the besieged city, a sign that the government is paving the way for a military push to rout hard-line Sunni insurgents challenging for territorial control over the western approaches to Baghdad.

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