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Iraq weekend roundup

BBC does these pieces sometimes where they will interview and tell the story of someone who is living the headlines. In a piece dated January 19 they tell the story of Noor who is an Iraqi refugee living in Syria. It's quite searing, and gives a human perspective to the media headlines. In today's Washington Post however, US officials are calling a cache of files on foreign fighters flowing into Iraq “one of the deepest reservoirs of information we’ve ever obtained of the network going into Iraq”. The youngest would-be bomber's profile discovered in these documents was 16 years old.

In other developments, members of the Issawi tribe were killed when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt on Sunday in Fallujah, making it the second suicide attack in the Anbar province over the weekend. On Saturday, six policemen were killed and 13 wounded west of Ramadi.