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Iraqi security forces surround protest site of Sunnis

Iraqi Security Forces — Photo by Reuters
Iraqi Security Forces — Photo by Reuters

BAGHDAD: Iraqi authorities deployed security forces around the main rallying point for Sunni protests in western Iraq overnight and say the area has become a haven for terrorists.       

The head of police for the western Anbar region, Hadi Arzeij, announced the operation in a televised press conference Saturday.

The Defense Ministry said in a separate statement that it took actions overnight to block al-Qaida infiltrators and prevent the flow of weapons and explosives to the main protest site in Ramadi. Witnesses say a large number of security forces deployed around the protest area before dawn before withdrawing later.

For more than two months, a sit-in site along a highway in Ramadi has been the center of protests by Iraqi Sunnis against the Shiite-led government.

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