Kerry: Troops Not Going to Iraq

    Armed tribesmen deployed on the streets take control of the city of Ramadi January 4, 2014. Iraqi troops trying to retake Anbar province from a mixture of Islamist and tribal foes battled al Qaeda fighters in Ramadi on Saturday after shelling the western region's other main city, Falluja, overnight, tribal leaders and officials said. In Ramadi, military anti-terrorist teams were fighting al Qaeda militants in the streets after tribesmen asked for help from the army, which had been deployed only on the outskirts of the city, tribal sources said.  REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX171ZJ

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    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that the U.S. will not send troops back to Iraq—and he is confident the Iraqi government and tribes could together fight al Qaeda. “This is a fight that belongs to the Iraqis,” Kerry told reporters while on a trip to Israel. “We will help them in their fight, but this fight, in the end, they will have to win and I am confident they can.” Iraq has been gripped by secretarial and ethnic fighting since the U.S. troops left in December 2011, and the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi have now fallen to al Qaeda. In a separate incident on Sunday, a Bagdad bombing killed at least 14 people and wounded at least 25 in the Shia district of Shaab.

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