Al Qaeda Fighters Take Over Parts of Two Iraq Cities

Image: Al Qaeda fighters patrol in a commandeered police truck
Al Qaeda fighters in a commandeered police truck pass burning police vehicles in front of the main provincial government building in Fallujah, Iraq, on Jan. 1, 2014. AP

Al Qaeda fighters brandished their weapons in the streets of two Iraqi cities and set police vehicles ablaze on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. A provincial spokesman said the militants had taken over police stations and military posts in Fallujah and Ramadi after security forces left.

An interior ministry official told Agence France-Presse that ISIL, the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, remained in control of parts of the two cities on Thursday.