World Bulletin / News Desk
Authorities in Iraq's western Anbar province on Monday enlisted local tribesmen for a new combat force tasked with fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant group – which the government says is linked to Al-Qaeda – and restoring local security, a security source said.
"The new combat force is made up of 500 people," the source said on condition of anonymity, adding that recruits would receive up-to-date counterterrorism training.
Meanwhile, Fallujah General Hospital spokesman Ahmed al-Shami said his hospital had admitted eight civilians injured late Sunday when the Iraqi army shelled residential areas of Fallujah.
"Citizens helped wounded victims get to the hospital," al-Shami told Anadolu Agency, describing the injuries as "moderate."
AA could not obtain an immediate comment from the Iraqi army on the reports.
Since last December, the army has waged a major offensive in the Sunni-majority Anbar province with the stated aim of flushing rebels out of the key cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.
Hundreds have been killed and injured in the two cities since the offensive began, according to government officials.
Many local Sunni tribes opposed to Iraq's Shiite-dominated government, meanwhile, continue to voice anger over the operation's mounting civilian death toll.Last Mod: 07 Nisan 2014, 13:31