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▶ Iraqi Troops Battle Against Al Qaida Fighters Near Baghdad – Iraq Actual 2014 – YouTube – 1/7/2014 (AP)

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▶ Iraqi Sunnis flee Anbar turmoil for Shiite Karbala – YouTube – 1/7/2014.

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”The ISIS elements and al-Qaeda terrorists withdrew from Fallujah to the suburbs, specifically towards the international road that links Baghdad to Fallujah.”

Urgent – ISIS withdraws from Fallujah city to suburbs – IraqiNews.com – 1/7/2014.

Related: BBC News – Profile: Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) – 1/6/2014.

Elements of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) appear to move around according to its own pressure inclines.  The above BBC links provides a map representing the zones of conflict and control or strength in the affected areas of Syria.  It shows Abu Kamal near the Iraq border as an ISIS primary site.

Related: ISIS practicing statehood in Raqqa – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East – 11/6/2013.

I really don’t like scraping, so will slow down; however, as the hot spots of the Islamic Small Wars move around, the generalist encounters them as comparatively new.

Of course, Iraq suffered all last year with a rising tide of sectarian violence.  That combat involving the army should erupt in Fallujah as the fighting in neighboring Syria spills back into Iraq would seem to come as little surprise to closer watching specialists.

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