Sunni Tribes Agree to Expel Al Qaeda from Iraqi Cities

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_5f05e3e7da.jpgMarcio Silva/Thinkstock (BAGHDAD) -- The Iraqi military may not have to launch a major offensive to force al Qaeda militants out of cities in Anbar province if an initiative by Sunni tribal fighters is successful. Al Jazeera reported Wednesday about a deal struck between Iraqi military leaders and some Sunni tribes that involve government troops leaving Anbar in exchange for tribal fighters working in conjunction with local police to retake control of Fallujah and Ramadi.

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Former Guantanamo Detainee’s Group Involved in Benghazi Attack

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_033fb3f6fd.jpgGIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/GettyImages (WASHINGTON) -- A terrorist group led by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee was involved in the attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, the State Department said Wednesday for the first time. Ansar al Sharia in Darnah played a part in the attack, according to State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. That group is believed to be led by Abu Sufian Qumu, who was transferred from a U.S. military prison into Libyan custody in 2007.

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Four Presumed Dead in US Helicopter Crash over English Coast

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_7d2b40dd36.jpgPIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/Getty Images (LONDON) -- Four people are "presumed deceased" after a U.S. military helicopter crash Tuesday on the northeast English coast, Defense officials have confirmed to ABC News. An Air Force spokesman confirmed that a U.S. Air Force HH-60 helicopter, called a Pave Hawk, crashed Tuesday during a low-level training mission.

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Former Miss Venezuela, Husband Murdered

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_6ff3c334dc.jpgANDREW ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images (CARACAS, Venezuela) -- Venezuela is reeling following the shooting deaths of a soap opera star and her husband in what is described as a highway robbery gone wrong. Monica Spear, who was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004, and her husband, Thomas Henry Berry, were gunned down in their car Monday about 125 miles west of the capital city of Caracas. Their 5-year-old daughter was also in the car and shot in the leg but the injury was not life-threatening.

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Gen. Ray Odierno Says Fallujah Fighting Is ‘Disappointing’ and ‘Concerning’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_4b9be4eb77.jpgDouglas Graham/CQ Roll Call (WASHINGTON) -- Gen. Ray Odierno, the former top U.S. general in Iraq, said Tuesday the current deterioration of security in that country is “concerning” and “disappointing to all of us.” Iraq’s security forces have struggled this week to retake the western Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, which have been seized by al Qaeda fighters. In 2004, Fallujah was the scene of the bloodiest battles of the war in Iraq.

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