Iraq forces battle jihadists in western cities
RAMADI, Iraq (AFP) - Iraqi forces backed by tribesmen battled jihadists on Thursday after they seized parts of two Sunni-majority cities following days of violence triggered by the demolition of a year-old protest camp.
Militants from the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) seized half of the city of Fallujah, outside Baghdad, and parts of Anbar provincial capital Ramadi farther west.
But security forces backed by loyalists among the province's powerful tribes launched a counter-attack, sparking fierce fighting.
"We entered Fallujah with heavy clashes," special forces commander Major General Fadhel al-Barwari said in a statement.