Iraqi soldiers patrol a street in the village of Jurf al-Sakhr, 45km west of Baghdad and which lies between the Anbar province and the Babil province, after they regained control back from ISIS militants August 6, 2014. (AFP Photo)
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The governor of Iraq's Sunni heartland Anbar Province said he has asked for and secured U.S. support in the battle against Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants because opponents of the group may not have the stamina for a long fight.Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi told Reuters his request, made in meetings with U.S. diplomats and a senior military officer, included air support against the militants who have a tight grip on large parts of Anbar and the north.The region was deeply anti-American during the U.S. occupation, with everyone from ordinary Iraqis to powerful Sunni tribes to Al-Qaeda taking up arms against U.S. troops.The United States mounted its biggest offensive of the occupation against a staggering variety of Islamist militants in the city of Fallujah in Anbar, with its soldiers experiencing some of the fiercest combat since the Vietnam War.
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