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Al Qaeda tightens grip on western Iraq in bid for Islamic state

By Reuters | Thu, 12 Dec 2013 04:00 AM

(Repeats Wednesday story with no changes)

* Al-Qaeda affiliate launches attacks in western Iraq

* Seeking to create "Islamic state" across Iraq-Syria border

* ISIL based in the desert, has some support in Anbar province

By Suadad al-Salhy

BAGHDAD, Dec 11 (Reuters) - In Iraq's western desert near ...

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