today, ISIL has
executed at least 16 members of the Bu-Nimr tribe, including 2 children and a
woman. They were executed because their family members were formerly with
the Awakenings in Hit. A source in the Bu-Nimr tribe has announced that ISIL
are holding 100 hostages and will execute them in the coming hours if the Iraqi
army embarks on an assault against Hit. The Bu-Nimr hostages include a number
of women and children. Hit t ownship
A major security operation is underway in Ramadi on three fronts: the southwestern and western front targeted a number of districts; the second was concentrated on the rural areas across the
which have been liberated to a large extent by the security forces; the third
front covered the eastern outskirts of Ramadi. The forces have killed a number
of ISIL gunmen, while Iraqi aircraft carried out a number of raids. According
to an Anbar Operations source, at least 35 gunmen have been killed in the rural
areas across the river.
It was announced today that fighting units totaling 5,000 men have been formed, consisting mainly of tribal fighters and local Anbar security forces, in apparent preparation for the start of a broad military operation into Hit, Kubaisa, and Baghdadi that form the area lying between Haditha and Ramadi.
In Fallujah today, 4 residents were wounded by the ongoing exchange of bombardments between security forces and the ISIL gunmen holding the city.