The Guardian:

Fierce fighting between Iraqi forces and rebel groups including al-Qaida was reported near Falluja on Tuesday, 24 hours after the US agreed to speed up arms sales to the government in Baghdad.


The standoff between the Iraqi army and the insurgents poses a dilemma for the Obama administration, torn between distaste for Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's sectarian approach to politics and a resurgence of al-Qaida in the country.

The Associated Press news agency quoted Dhari al-Rishawi,....

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