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Iraq announces 72-hour truce in militant-held Fallujah

A picture taken on January 21, 2014 shows anti-government fighters aiming their weapons as they hold a position in Anbar city in Fallujah, IraqIraq's defence ministry on Saturday announced a 72-hour halt to military operations in the militant-held city of Fallujah, but new violence showed the weeks-long crisis remains far from resolved. The announcement raises the possibility of negotiations to end the crisis, during which gunmen have also seized parts of Ramadi, capital of Anbar province, highlighting both the reach of militants and the weakness of security forces.