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BAGHDAD — Fighting between security forces and Al Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq’s Sunni-dominated Anbar province has killed at least 60 people over the past two weeks, an official said Saturday.
The head of Anbar’s Health Directorate, Khudeir Shalal, said 43 people were killed in the city of Ramadi and other 17 were killed in Fallujah since violence erupted in the western province after the Dec. 28 arrest of a Sunni lawmaker sought on terrorism charges and the dismantling of an antigovernment Sunni protest camp in Ramadi.
Shalal said 297 people were wounded in both cities. He was unable to provide a breakdown of how many of the dead were combatants and how many might have been civilians. He said Iraqi military casualties were not included.