Saturday, February 1, 2014

STORM OVER FALLUJAH--FRONT LINE SITREPS

IRAQ SITREP #0201A


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 RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports explosions and heavy shelling in Ramadi on January 24 after two days of relative calm as Iraqi security forces and their Sunni tribesmen allies have been battling Al-Qaeda-linked militants and other antigovernment forces for nearly a month.

The fighting was mainly in southern Ramadi -- in Al-Humaira and Al-Tash -- and in the surrounding districts of Al-Andalus, Al-Malab, and Al-Thubbat.

Gunmen holed up in residential homes there were targeted by aerial bombardment from helicopters and planes.

RFI reports some civilians were caught in the crossfire and are among the casualties. It added that some of the insurgents were using civilians as human shields.

Casualties were also reported in the village of Al-Bu Farraj, close to Ramadi, and in other parts of the Al-Jazeera administrative district.

The nearby city of Fallujah is encircled by Iraqi Army forces and intermittent fighting is reported, mainly in the northeastern part of the city, especially the Al-Askari district.

Four civilians were reported killed and eight injured in Fallujah, RFI reports.

RAMADI AL BOFARAJ SITREP #0201A


STORM OVER FALLUJAH--

FALLUJAH SITREP #0201C

TO: FIELD
FROM: HQ
SUBJ: OPS BREAKDOWN

THIS FROM IRAQI NEWS:

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) About (15) terrorists affiliated to what is so called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria were killed in Fallujah city of eastern Anbar province.The Ministry of Defense declared in a statement received by IraqiNews.com ”The Iraqi Army Air Forces in cooperation with the artillery succeeded in killing (15) terrorists and destroying three vehicles at the Ciniya neighborhood in Fallujah city.””The security forces supported by the armed men of Anbar tribes are eliminating the terrorist shelters in Malab area within Ramadi city,” the statement concluded. \END\

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FALLUJAH SITREP #0201B

TO: FIELD CMDR
FROM: HQ
SUBJ: COMMUNICATIONS


COMMUNICATIONS CUT
Falluja residents and local officials said communications had been cut in the city and its outskirts. Troops stationed in the surrounding area said they had received orders to be ready to raid the city.
"We are prepared to enter any minute. Some of our troops in southern and southeastern Falluja have already moved in closer to the city," said a commando whose unit was deployed on the highway just outside.
More than 140,000 people have fled their homes in Anbar in recent weeks in what the United Nations described as the largest displacement in Iraq since the sectarian slaughter that climaxed in 2006-07.
Officials said airstrikes and shelling on the city would intensify before a ground assault by special operations SWAT teams to clear remaining pockets of resistance.
"We expect to engage in a fierce battle in the southern areas of the city where militants are holed up," said a SWAT officer deployed in Falluja, who also declined to be named.
A total of 733 civilians were killed in acts of violence across Iraq January excluding Anbar, owing to the difficulty of verifying figures amid the conflict, the United Nations said on Saturday. A further 115 members of the security forces died.
(Writing by Suadad al-Salhy and Isabel Coles; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

RPT NORM UNCLASSIFIED.....

FALLUJAH SITREP #0201A

The Iraqi armed forces, working with tribal fighters in Anbar province killed 40 fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), destroyed weapons and seized four ISIS headquarters in the city of Fallujah this week.
According to a statement by the Iraqi Defense Ministry, the 39th Brigade of the Iraqi army, reinforced by the Iraqi air force, took part in the operation.
Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent reported on Friday that the Iraqi air force had targeted ISIS fighters in the city of Ramadi, in Anbar.
Sources speaking to the correspondent stated that the fighters had fled earlier from the al-Bofaraj area of Anbar, where security forces had launched an operation on Wednesday.


DIST NORM VIA TXT, MOBILE....UNCLASSIFIED