The Anbar Police commander, Gen. Ahmed Al-Dulaimi, was killed today as his motorcade was on its way to the Abu Risha area northeast of Ramadi. A roadside explosive device was detonated as his vehicle was passing by. He was rushed to the hospital where he passed away. Also killed in the explosion was one of his bodyguards and his private photographer. Brigadier-General Sabah Mohammed has been provisionally appointed in his place, pending the appointment of a new commander by the Interior Ministry.
Following the assassination, a broad security operation was launched in the area.
Also in Ramadi today, mortar fire from unknown sources has struck several districts in the city, causing a number of civilian casualties. Gunmen have also been on the move in the western and southern districts of the city; they have seized control of large areas of those districts.
In Hit township, following yesterday's fierce clashes and coalition air strikes. The clashes and mortar attacks have killed 4 residents and wounded 11 in a number of the town's districts.
In Garma, security forces have taken control of areas northeast of Fallujah toward Garma.
Within Fallujah, the situation is relatively calm.
The Anbar Council announced today that it has received approval for the formation of a tribal fighters' National Guard to take on the armed groups. The Deputy Council Leader, Faleh Al-Issawi, has also stated that the entire
will fall within 15 days unless
the central government takes action by providing weapons and munitions to the
security forces there. He added that unless this happens "the consequences
for Anbar will be catastrophic." Anbar Province