Iraq's Maliki says army won't attack Falluja but militants must go

by Reuters
Sunday, 12 January 2014 16:19 GMT

BAGHDAD, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki promised on Sunday there would be no military assault on Falluja, to spare the city more carnage, and said Sunni Muslim tribesmen would be given time to expel Al Qaeda-linked fighters.

"We want to end the presence of those militants without any bloodshed because the people of Falluja have suffered a lot," he told Reuters in an interview, referring to the devastating assaults by U.S. forces to evict insurgents in 2004. (Writing by Alistair Lyon; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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