The most significant development in Anbar has been the air strikes against the gunmen around Haditha's periphery. The Anbar Command announced today that 34 gunmen have been killed in the Birwana and Hawija areas southwest of Haditha; 7 vehicles were also set ablaze, and 7 foreign gunmen have also been killed.
The head of
Haditha Municipality, Abdul-Kakeem Al- Jughaifi, has called on security forces to provide reinforcements to secure the areas adjacent to , fearing that the gunmen would enter the township from the fronts that have been the scene of numerous assaults for about one month but have been held back by tribal forces and the local police. Haditha Township
In Fallujah today, early casualty reports show that 9 residents have been killed and six wounded by the continuing bombardment of numerous residential districts of the city, particularly in the central, northern and northeastern sectors.
In Al-Garma, 3 residents have been killed and 7 wounded by the bombardment which began last night and continued through this afternoon.
There have been significant security developments brought about by the air atrikes carried out by
U.S. warplanes on central Ramadi, Haditha, as well as in Fallujah.
The Anbar Police Commander, Gen. Ahmed Al-Saddad, announced today that the Al-Hawz area has been completely liberated by security forces supported by tribal and local fighters. He added that the area is now the most secure in Anbar.
Ramadi residents are once again calling for relief aid, especially as they have had no electricity for the past 3 months, and the rise in price of electricity provided by government generators. Meanwhile most of those displaced are still experiencing disastrous living conditions.