Iraq importing more ‘anti-terror’ weapons to fight al-Qaeda

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By Abbas al-Baghdadi

New consignments of ‘anti-terror’ weapons have arrived in Iraq as the fight against al-Qaeda militants intensifies in the predominantly Muslim Sunni Province of Anbar, according to the Security and Defense Commission at the Iraqi parliament.

“The decisive battle against Daaish (ISIS), terrorist organizations and other armed groups is approaching. The country has received weapons and equipment that will help it get rid of terror,” said Hakem al-Zameli, a commission’s member

The government seems to be determined to use force to flush out the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a Jihadist group whose members are currently in control of the strategic town of Falluja, large swathes of the desert west of Baghdad and parts of Ramadi, Anbar’s provincial capital.

Prime Minister Noori al-Maliki has said that Iraqi troops “have encircled” towns and locations occupied by militants.

Maliki claimed that Arab Sunni tribal chieftains have thrown their weight behind Iraqi troops in the fight against ISIS.

However, the militants say they had the tribes on their side.

In a move to appease Arab Sunnis who accuse the Shiite dominated government of marginalizing them, Maliki vowed a new approach that will meet all ‘legitimate’ demands of Arab Sunnis in the Province of Anbar.

He promised compensation for the loss of property and damage resulting from the latest fighting and better cooperation with the provincial authorities to combat violence and improve living conditions.

Zameli of the parliamentary Security and Defense Commission said the government had no alternative other than military action to “defeat terror.”

“There is not solution left but decisive military action by the armed forces and their backup, the sons of (Sunni Arab) tribes,” he said.