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Iraq, the unraveling (XXVI): What’s going on in Anbar?

On Sunday there were three car bombings in Ramadi, and that follows a big one in Fallujah the other day. Anyone got an informed view of what is happening out there? AZHAR SHALLAL/AFP/Getty Images

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An Iraqi man inspects a burnt vehicle at the site of a bomb blast in Ramadi, 100 kms (60 miles) west of Baghdad, on August 5, 2009. A car bomb exploded in Ramadi, killing one woman and wounding four others, including two policemen, a police official said. The explosion, near a mosque in the centre of the city, also destroyed two cars. AFP PHOTO/AZHAR SHALLAL (Photo credit should read AZHAR SHALLAL/AFP/Getty Images)

On Sunday there were three car bombings in Ramadi, and that follows a big one in Fallujah the other day. Anyone got an informed view of what is happening out there?

AZHAR SHALLAL/AFP/Getty Images

On Sunday there were three car bombings in Ramadi, and that follows a big one in Fallujah the other day. Anyone got an informed view of what is happening out there?

AZHAR SHALLAL/AFP/Getty Images

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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