The battle against al Qaeda goes on in the Anbar province of Iraq. There were reports of heavy clashes on Sunday in Ramadi and Fallujah.
Fifty-five al Qaeda-linked fighters are reported to have been were killed in the outskirts of Ramadi.
Iraq is reportedly ready to launch a “major attack” on Fallujah which fell under the control of Al Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after days of fighting. ISIL has been steadily tightening its grip in the Sunni-dominated province bordering Syria. The group aims to create a Sunni Muslim state straddling the border.
The violence shows that the civil war in neighbouring Syria, where mostly Sunni rebels are battling President Bashar al-Assad, is spilling over to Iraq and threatening its delicate sectarian balance.