Iraq, the unraveling (XVII): what up in Anbar?
I expect bombs ‘n’ violence in Mosul, Basra, eastern Baghdad and Diyala province, but in Ramadi and Fallujah? Officialdom has been saying that was so 2004-2006. Also, I see that a Marine was killed in combat ops somewhere in Anbar on Sunday. Here’s the wrapup from the weekend report by Aswat al-Iraq, one of my ...
I expect bombs ‘n’ violence in Mosul, Basra, eastern Baghdad and Diyala province, but in Ramadi and Fallujah? Officialdom has been saying that was so 2004-2006. Also, I see that a Marine was killed in combat ops somewhere in Anbar on Sunday.
Here’s the wrapup from the weekend report by Aswat al-Iraq, one of my new bookmarks:
ANBAR – Two civilians on Saturday were killed and four others were injured when an explosive device detonated in Anbar’s Falluja city, according to a police source.
NINEWA – Two Iraqi soldiers on Saturday were injured in an explosive charge blast that targeted their vehicle in western Mosul city, according to a security source.
ANBAR – An improvised explosive device (IED) on Saturday killed a Sahwa council leader, along with his driver, and wounded three others, including a chieftain in Anbar province.
NINEWA – A curfew on vehicles has been put in place in eastern and southeastern Mosul city, as part of tight security measures in Ninewa province, according to a local security source.
ANBAR – Three civilians on Saturday were injured when an explosive device detonated inside a garage in northern Ramadi city, the third blast to hit Anbar province today.
BASRA – Police forces have arrested 12 suspects on criminal and terror-related charges during search raids in Basra province, a local police source said on Saturday.
And from today:
ANBAR – Two policemen were killed and four others wounded when a car bomb blast targeted their patrol in central al-Ramadi city on Monday, a local police spokesman said.
Can anyone tell me if this is an aberration, or if things are again getting frisky in al Anbar?
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Thomas E. Ricks is a former contributing editor to Foreign Policy. Twitter: @tomricks1
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