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Battling Al Qaeda - 21 Mar 2014
Images relating to the resurgence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), a group reconstituted from an earlier incarnation of al Qaeda in Iraq. Iraqi soldiers say they are bogged down in a slow, vicious fight with ISIL and other Sunni. Iraqi soldiers describe a hellish world in which Iraqi forces are running low on tank shells, lack aerial cover, are short of armoured vehicles, and have been hit by high casualties and desertion rates. More than 380,000 people have fled their homes to escape the fighting, according to the United Nations.

Sunni militants regularly post videos and photos of executions and torture of government troops. Now, according to the police officer, an army officer, a general and an Iraqi Special Forces member, some Iraqi troops have begun replying in kind, carrying out extra-judicial executions, torture and humiliations of their enemy and posting images of the results online.
IRAQ-QAEDA/ANBAR
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January 06, 2014
A boy holds his Kalashnikov rifle on the streets of the city of Ramadi January 6, 2014. Iraq's prime...
Ramadi, Iraq
A boy holds his Kalashnikov rifle on the streets of the city of Ramadi
A boy holds his Kalashnikov rifle on the streets of the city of Ramadi January 6, 2014. Iraq's prime minister urged people in the besieged city of Falluja on Monday to drive out al Qaeda-linked insurgents to pre-empt a military offensive that officials said could be launched within days. West of Ramadi on Monday, clashes broke out at dawn between militants and special forces helped by tribal fighters. REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani (IRAQ - Tags - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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March 17, 2014
Iraqi security forces fire an artillery during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq...
Babil, Iraq
Iraqi security forces fire artillery during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and...
Iraqi security forces fire an artillery during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Jurf al-Sakhar, March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
IRAQ/
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March 17, 2014
Iraqi security forces walk with their weapons during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in...
Babil, Iraq
Iraqi security forces walk with their weapons during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in...
Iraqi security forces walk with their weapons during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Jurf al-Sakhar March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani (IRAQ - Tags - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW MILITARY)
IRAQ-QAEDA/ANBAR
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January 06, 2014
Tribal fighters gesture after deploying themselves on the streets of Ramadi, January 6, 2014. Iraq's...
Ramadi, Iraq
Tribal fighters gesture after deploying themselves on the streets of Ramadi
Tribal fighters gesture after deploying themselves on the streets of Ramadi, January 6, 2014. Iraq's prime minister urged people in the besieged city of Falluja on Monday to drive out al Qaeda-linked insurgents to pre-empt a military offensive that officials said could be launched within days. West of Ramadi on Monday, clashes broke out at dawn between militants and special forces helped by tribal fighters. REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani (IRAQ - Tags - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
IRAQ-VIOLENCE/
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February 15, 2014
Personnel from the Iraqi security forces arrest suspected militants of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State...
Babil, Iraq
Personnel from the Iraqi security forces arrest suspected militants of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State...
Personnel from the Iraqi security forces arrest suspected militants of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), during clashes with Iraqi security forces in Jurf al-Sakhar, February 15, 2014. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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March 19, 2014
Personnel from Iraqi security forces are seen during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in...
JURF AL-SAKHAR, Iraq
Personnel from Iraqi security forces take part during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State...
Personnel from Iraqi security forces are seen during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Jurf al-Sakhar south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, March 19, 2014. Six members of ISIL were killed and 15 others were arrested during clashes that erupted between the Iraqi military forces and ISIL in Jurf al-Sakhar south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, according to an Iraqi Army officer. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT)
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March 17, 2014
Personnel from the Iraqi security forces arrest suspected militants of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State...
Babil, Iraq
Personnel from Iraqi security forces arrest suspected militants of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State...
Personnel from the Iraqi security forces arrest suspected militants of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), during clashes with Iraqi security forces in Jurf al-Sakhar, March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
IRAQ-VIOLENCE/
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March 08, 2014
Mourners grieve near the coffin of an Iraqi SWAT trooper who was killed in clashes at Ramadi during his...
Najaf, Iraq
Mourners grieve near the coffin of an Iraqi SWAT trooper who was killed in clashes during his funeral,...
Mourners grieve near the coffin of an Iraqi SWAT trooper who was killed in clashes at Ramadi during his funeral, in Najaf March 8, 2014. Government forces are fighting rebellious Sunni tribes and al Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in western Anbar province. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT POLITICS) OBITUARY)
IRAQ-ANBAR/ C
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March 20, 2014
IRAQ-ANBAR/ - Map of Iraq highlighting areas of al Qaeda presence. Graphic to go with Reuters Special...
Iraq
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IRAQ-ANBAR/ - Map of Iraq highlighting areas of al Qaeda presence. Graphic to go with Reuters Special Report IRAQ-ANBAR. (SIN07)
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