Many security procedures are in place with the seizure by gunmen of an area on
in northeastern Ramadi, very
close to the Habbaniya military base. Anbar officials here fear that the
gunmen, after seizing this area, will be able to gather their forces in order
to take this base. Al-Khalidiya Island
Meanwhile there have been fierce clashes in the attempts to drive the gunmen out of the western parts of Ramadi and its center. Mortar rounds are still targeting the HQ of the 8th Brigade in the city center.
In Fallujah, there was yesterday indiscriminate shelling of a number of the city's districts, including Al-Sichir and Al-Nu'aimiya. Four people have been killed including a surgeon in Al-Garma, about 30 km from Fallujah.
The situation in Anbar's western regions is cautious but relatively calm after the gunmen's taking control of all of western Anbar; they are also in almost total control of Haditha's surroundings, while security forces have been setting up barricades around the Haditha Dam, the biggest dam in
The security situation is also preoccupying the residents trying to observe the month of Ramadan, but they are fearful and worried that Anbar will suffer a similar fate as that of
Nineveh and other Iraqi
governorates. Many displaced persons throughout Anbar are of course suffering
from food shortages, given that the local authorities have not been providing
them with their needs. They are calling on the local government to provide them
with the funds needed to buy their food, especially now during Ramadan.