Iraqi tribal forces join the fight against ISIS in Anbar

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Iraqi security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State extremists in the eastern part of Ramadi in Anbar province. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi tribal figures in the Anbar province declared what they described as “revolution” against militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), local sources said on Thursday. 

The Sunni groups in Anbar showed willingness to unify efforts in anti-IS war to eliminate the group in their areas.

Local sources in Anbar of western Iraq confirmed that the Kabissat Arab clans, through loudspeakers of mosques, announced the need to lend a helping hand to the Iraqi forces in order to eliminate IS jihadists in the region.  

The clans, which declared war on IS  in Anbar province, include al-Bu Nimir, al-Bu Fahad, al-Jaghayfa, al-Ubeid, al-Bu Mahal and Kabissat. Attacking militants’ headquarters and security centers, the tribal forces were able to kill dozens of IS members in the past few days, according to local sources.

Speaking to ARA News in Anbar, Sheikh Hamid al-Hayes, head of the Anbar Salvation Council, said the anti-IS military operations carried out by the tribal forces were supported by the U.S.-led coalition’s forces, which conducted several raids on locations of the group’s local leaders. 

He stressed that one of the raids targeted the IS senior leader Ibrahim Daham Rashid al-Issawi in the area of ​​al-Jazeera.

“Al-Issawi and his assistant Ahmed al-Alwani have led atrocities against Iraqi people in Anbar for months. Their brutal practices caused the death of many people, including police and security forces. We must eliminate this terrorist group before it eliminates us,” Sheikh al-Hayes told ARA News. 

“The Anbar tribes killed more than 20 IS militants, who have been captured in Haditha battles earlier this week.”

Noteworthy, the Jordanian government has organized several meetings for tribal sheikhs of Anbar in the capital Amman, in order to organize the anti-IS efforts in the Iraqi province adjacent to the eastern border of Jordan. 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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