Thursday, August 21, 2014

21 August 2014

Since last night and into this afternoon there have been fierce clashes in Haditha township; they have killed at least 14 gunmen and at least 6 vehicles were also set on fire, according to security sources.

In Hit, a total curfew was imposed today and the township was closed on all fronts following reports of an impending surprise attack by the gunmen in an attempt to seize the town.

In Al-Garma, media reports have said that fierce battles have been taking place between the 'Al-Mujahideen Army', a name that has been adopted by a group of tribal revolutionaries, and the ISIL gunmen. It has been reported that 3 ISIL gunmen have been killed in this fighting.

In Fallujah, some of the city's districts have been bombarded today; 4 residents have been killed and 9 wounded.

Tension is still high in the areas on Ramadi's western outskirts following the security forces' announcement that they have re-taken the western districts and rural areas there. The funds allocated to displaced citizens - one million dinars per family - have yet to be disbursed. The Anbar provincial council leader has promised some of those who had demonstrated at the council building that the funds would be paid out within next week, following his contact with the Prime Minister Designate, Haider Al-Abadi, to seek a solution for those displaced persons.

There has been some political activity aimed at convening a conference between the local government and tribal sheikhs with the designated new government led by Al-Abadi, to seek conclusive solutions to the plight of Anbar province during the past 8 months.

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