In Haditha today,
U.S. air strikes have targeted
large numbers of gunmen positioned in the Birwana area south of the town.
According to security sources, at least 43 gunmen have been killed by the
strikes, thus allowing many tribal fighters to enter the area and to secure the
road between Haditha and Al-Baghdadi and on towards Hit.
In Fallujah, today's preliminary casualty count shows that 9 residents have been killed, including 3 children and a woman, and 13 wounded as a result of the bombardment of several of the city's residential districts.
In Al-Garma, the town has been bombarded since last night and through this afternoon; 2 residents have been killed and 4 others wounded.
In Ramadi, the central and northern districts are relatively calm, and some families have been permitted by security forces to return to their homes in central Ramadi.
The Anbar governor, Ahmed Khalaf Al-Dulaimi, announced today that 2,000 men, called the 'Elite Forces' have been equipped; they are to be trained to the highest levels, following the news of the arrival of U.S. trainers to assist U.S. air sorties in re-establishing control and to provide a new launching position that would allow the regaining of control throughout Anbar.