Friday, October 31, 2014

31 October 2014

The most significant developments today are the continuing military operations in Anbar, especially in Hit township, and the aftermath of the massacre in which at least 238 men were shot to death in the Zuwaya area in the extreme southwest of the township. Security forces have launched a campaign against the locations of ISIL gunmen; there were intermittent fierce clashes. News reports confirmed by our sources indicate that ISIL has executed the top sheikh of the Bu-Nimr tribe, after having abducted him five days ago.

In Fallujah, a preliminary count has confirmed that 4 residents have been killed and 11 wounded by the bombardment exchanges between the security forces on the city's perimeter and ISIL gunmen within the city that they have been holding for nearly 10 months.

The Anbar Council has decided today to close the Al-Ma'arif University, run by the Al-Sa'adi tribe and owned by Sheikh Abdul-Malik Al-Sa'adi, because of the alleged role of Al-Sa'adi in 'supporting terrorism.'

In Ramadi, the intensity of military operations has receded, particularly in the central districts where a few families have been returning to their homes.

During the past two days two attacks have been launched: first on the Bu-Mahal area in northeastern Ramadi that had been held by ISIL gunmen. The second was in the central Mu'allimeen district. The operations, and the killing of ISIL gunmen has provided a morale boost for the fighters, especially the tribal fighters.

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