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Shelling and Bombings for Iraq: 45 Killed and 82 Wounded

 The air strikes and clashes continued in rebel-controlled areas of western Iraq, while bombings and shootings terrified residents in central and northern Iraq.

In Anbar province, insurgents reportedly took over control of more areas today. At least five Iraqi soldiers were captured near Falluja, when gunmen attacked a checkpoint there. Witnesses said as many as 22 soldiers were taken prisoner, and five of them were seen in a video that has surfaced. Separately, a blast at a home killed a woman and her three children. Artillery or rocket fire left another three dead and 42 wounded, according to hospital officials. Security forces believe that about 80 percent of the population has fled Falluja. Meanwhile, three gunmen were killed in Ramadi.

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