After several days of intermittent fighting in a number of Ramadi's districts, the city awoke today to find a limited curfew in place on a number of dispersed districts. Also today, some families have left their homes in a number of districts after clashes resulted in the wounding of at least 5 residents.
On Thursday, gunmen seized full control of Al-Kubaisa township, west of Ramadi, after a confrontation between army forces and the gunmen; the fighting resulted in the withdrawal of the army forces from their posts, leaving Al-Kubaisa in the hands of the gunmen.
Gunmen also tried to take over the nearby Al-Baghdadi township.
The border region with
at Al-Qaim has been abandoned by the army and the border forces. Gunmen
launched an attack on the border customs positions, killing 4 army
personnel; all army, customs, and border units then completely withdrew. Tribal
forces have now formed units charged with protecting the border.
Meanwhile, clashes have intensified in Fallujah since yesterday. Two people, one of them a woman, were killed and 3 were wounded by the ongoing shelling of both Fallujah and Al-Garma.