Lack of funds could freeze aid to Anbar

Funding shortages are threatening relief operations in Iraq's troubled Anbar Province, where violent clashes have led to the displacement of more than 400,000 people in three month. Without additional funding, some aid agencies would have to cease operations within one month. Full report

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