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Iraqi army and tribesman kill 57 terrorists in Ramadi
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_Iraq99(1).jpgIraq’s government forces have killed 57 members of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Ramadi, west of the capital Baghdad, media reported on Monday.

Iraq’s Defense Ministry in a statement confirming the report added that Iraq’s army and local police were backed by tribesmen in the fighting.

The bodies of the killed were taken to a morgue, the statement said.

Elsewhere, a top security source said that Iraqi snipers had gunned down a senior member of the ISIL in the center of Ramadi.

Anbar has been the scene of violence over the past few months. The unrest escalated on December 30, 2013, when the Iraqi army removed a camp in the city of Ramadi.

ISIL militants and other terrorist groups overran Falluja and parts of the nearby city of Ramadi in the on January 1.

Tribe members have been helping Iraqi troops in their fight against the al-Qaeda militants.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has held back from an all-out assault on Falluja to give time for a negotiated way out of the standoff, but mediation efforts appear to have failed.

Troops intensified shelling of Falluja late on Sunday and security officials said a ground assault would follow soon.

Last year was the bloodiest since 2008, according to the United Nations, and the violence monitoring group Iraq Body Count has said more than 1,000 people were killed in January.

Four car bombs targeting Shia areas killed at least 14 people on Monday, police said. Two of the bombs blew up in the town of Mahmudiya, about 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, killing eight people. Two more blasts occurred in the capital, Reuters reported.

Separately, police said they found four bodies, one of them a woman's, shot in the head or chest in southwestern Baghdad.

Two soldiers were killed in clashes with gunmen in Baquba, a city 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, a military source said.

No group has claimed responsibility for Monday's attacks but Shias are often targeted by terrorists who have been regaining strength, especially in Anbar, which borders Syria.

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