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Iraq Digs Security Trench Around Fallujah

A freshly-dug trench on the outskirts of Fallujah, Iraq, on July 22, 2016. (AP photo via AP video)
A freshly-dug trench on the outskirts of Fallujah, Iraq, on July 22, 2016. (AP photo via AP video)

BAGHDAD—The Iraqi military will use a medieval tactic to keep control of Fallujah after recapturing it from the Islamic State (ISIS) last month: It is digging...

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