Iraq state TV shows footage of security forces dismantling the main Sunni Arab anti-government protest site
1. Fighting between Iraqi forces and al Qaeda affiliated militants in Anbar province raged for the fifth day on Friday, leaving around 100 people dead and marking the day as one of Iraq’s single deadliest in years.
2. Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who have recently made ground in neighboring Syria, were said to have captured all or parts of the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.
3. This video posted to YouTube captured an ISIS convoy entering Ramadi. Another video circulating showed armed militiamen seizing control of an Iraqi army vehicle and setting it on fire.
4. Fighting broke out between Iraqi government forces, backed by Sunni tribesmen, and the ISIS rebels on Monday, when Iraqi police moved to dismantle a Sunni Muslim protest camp in Ramadi, in the west of Iraq. Seventeen people died; the fighting soon spread.
7. Around 300 to 400 Sunnis were part of the protest camp, protesting against Iraq’s Shia-led government’s alleged marginalization of their community and abusive use of anti-terrorism measures.
Local Sunni tribesman, who are often at odds with the Shia-dominated government, largely sided with government forces against the Al Qaeda affiliated Sunni extremists in the camp.