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Iraqi army clashes with militants near Fallujah

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BAGHDAD — Fierce clashes erupted today between Iraqi special forces and al-Qaida-linked militants outside the city of Fallujah, a flare-up in a days-long standoff in the Sunni-dominated western province of Anbar, Iraqi officials said. The fighting broke out about 12 miles west of Fallujah, following the capture of an army officer and four soldiers in the area a day earlier.

Iraqi security forces and allies from Sunni tribes have been battling militants to recapture two key cities in Iraq’s western…

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