Al-Qaeda-linked force captures Fallujah amid rise in violence in Iraq

By Liz Sly, January 4, 2014

BEIRUT — A rejuvenated al-Qaeda-affiliated force asserted control over the western Iraqi city of Fallujah on Friday, raising its flag over government buildings and declaring an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that U.S. troops fought to pacify before withdrawing from Iraq two years ago.

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