Thursday, September 18, 2014

18 September 2014

Suicide bomber has blown himself up in Shari' Sab'atta'ash ("Street 17") area  in the city center today, targeting a local police patrol; 6 police personnel were killed and 13 were wounded in the attack.
Intermittent clashes have taken place in the western districts of Ramadi that had been re-taken by security forces along the Euphrates.

The city was targeted yesterday by the heaviest bombardment for more than a week, when Prime Minister Al-Abadi ordered the cessation of such attacks against residential districts in Fallujah. 4 people were killed, including one child, and 24 were wounded, mostly women and children.

Security operations are underway. Security forces have liberated Albu Hayyat Village southeast of Haditha. Occasional clashes are continuing on the opposite side of the town.

Birwana (aka Barwana):
Yesterday and today, hundreds of families have been returning to Birwana from which they had fled because of the security operations, but which has been brought under the control of security and tribal forces.

Many of those displaced by the fighting are still complaining about the lack of support for them by the local and central governments. Furthermore, most of them have taken refuge in schools; now, at the start of the new school year, the provincial education authorities have ordered an evacuation of the school buildings, leaving the refugees in a quandary.

Front against ISIL:
Representatives of tribes that have announced resistance against ISIL are meeting in Baghdad today with security officials.

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