Iraq officials say fighting with al-Qaida kills 34

SINAN SALAHEDDIN
January 5, 2014
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Mourners and Sunni gunmen chant slogans against Iraq's Shiite-led government during the funeral of a man killed when clashes erupted between al-Qaida gunmen and Iraqi army soldiers on Friday, his family said, in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Provincial spokesman Dhari al-Rishawi said Iraqi security forces and allied tribesmen are pressing their campaign to rout al-Qaida from Fallujah and Ramadi, two main cities in the western Anbar province. (AP Photo)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials in Iraq's western Anbar province say fighting between the army and al-Qaida militants has killed 34 people.

They say the Sunday violence around provincial capital Ramadi left at least 22 soldiers and 12 civilians dead, as well as an unknown number of militants.

Speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters, they also said that 58 people had been wounded in the combat.