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  Al Anbar Governorate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Al Anbar (Arabic: محافظة الأنبار‎ Muḥāfaẓät al-’Anbār) is an overwhelmingly Sunni Arab province of Iraq.
Anbar is the largest province in Iraq, sharing a border with Syria, Jordan (undefined), and Saudi Arabia.
Anbar, with Ramadi and Fallujah in particular, is known for its inhabitants' strong tribal and religious traditions.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Al_Anbar   (673 words)

 ABC News: Pressure Grows on al Qaeda in Iraq
The pan-Arab al Hayat newspaper reported on Friday that the campaign against the group had so far resulted in the arrest of 270 Arab and foreign "infiltrators" and a number of Iraqis, according to the leader of Al Karabla tribes in al Qa'em.
While both al Zarqawi and the Iraqi militant groups were fighting a common enemy — the U.S. and coalition forces — Iraqi opposition to al Zarqawi and his brutal tactics had been building with the increasing death toll of civilians killed in al Qaeda's suicide attacks.
Al Hayat reported that tribal leaders in al Anbar were already preparing for a dialogue with the government and the multicoalition forces this week.
abcnews.go.com /International/story?id=1557349   (988 words)

 Al Anbar travel guide - Wikitravel
The Al Anbar Province is the westernmost province in Iraq, along the borders with Syria and Jordan.
Al Anbar Province's terrain is similar to the western United States of Wyoming and Utah, the climate in Al Anbar is also similar to any other high desert region in the world.
Al Anbar Province's roads are without question are in the WORST condition of the country.
wikitravel.org /en/Al_Anbar   (352 words)

 Anbar Revenge Brigade Makes Progress in the Fight Against al-Qaeda
Groups like Anbar Revenge Brigade have come to the conclusion that the best way to reduce the coalition troop presence in their home regions is to flush out al-Qaeda elements in their cities.
The Anbar Revenge Brigade was formed with Iraqi government and coalition military backing and support through a "security committee" initiative that attempts to place security responsibility in the hands of local residents.
The Anbar Revenge Brigade is one of six groups that have promised to stop all forms of cooperation with al-Qaeda and form what they term "The People's Cells" to oversee security.
jamestown.org /terrorism/news/article.php?articleid=2369940   (748 words)

 INDCJournal: Will the Real Anbar Narrative Please Stand Up?
Basically, the report indicated that the situation in Ramadi is dire, and that the political situation in Anbar as a whole as a result is in danger because of this.
It observed that Abdul Jabber Hakkam, spokesman for a coalition of 11 tribes in Al Anbar, was saying locals were capturing and executing the anti-Iraqi forces on their own initiative.
Al Qaeda knows it's losing its battle for western Iraq, which is one reason why they have shifted so many resources, especially cash and leadership, to Afghanistan.
www.indcjournal.com /archives/002851.php   (1318 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Al Qaeda apparently made their big mistake when they indiscriminately, and frequently, killed al Anbar men who had volunteered for the police force.
Al Qaeda told these people that the murder of their loved ones was God’s will.
One reason the al Anbar tribes came forward to join the government, was because more and more of their members were informing on the terrorist gangs.
www.strategypage.com /qnd/iraq/articles/20060119.aspx   (581 words)

 Anbar Picture Grows Clearer, and Bleaker - washingtonpost.com
Anbar's resources and its ability to impose order are depicted as limited at best.
The senior intelligence official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of his work, said yesterday that he largely agrees with Devlin's assessment, except that he thinks it overstates the role of al-Qaeda in the province.
Devlin ended the assessment by saying that while violence has surged, the presence of U.S. troops in Anbar has had "a real suppressive effect on the insurgency." He said the suffering of "Anbar's citizens undoubtedly would be far worse now if it was not for the very effective efforts" of U.S. forces.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/27/AR2006112701287_pf.html   (1013 words)

 Bloomberg.com: Top Worldwide
Anbar, the central part of the so-called ``Sunni Triangle,'' contains the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, bastions of resistance to the U.S.-led stability and rebuilding effort.
Anbar, Iraq's largest province, touches the desert borders of Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia, allowing fighters to enter Iraq across a remote area spanning hundreds of miles.
Anbar ``is a great big empty desert, and it's filled with Bedouin tribes,'' Patrick Lang, a former chief Middle East analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, said in an interview.
quote.bloomberg.com /apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aB5nIJ3oOf_s&refer=top_world_news   (788 words)

 DoD News: News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Johnson
Al Anbar saw more than 250,000 Sunnis vote in the October referendum and approximately 370,000 in the December election.
And in many places throughout Al Anbar province the police were disbanded, and they were no longer in position of authority in the community.
And this also goes along with the introduction of a police chief in the provincial capital for the -- all of Al Anbar, and so it is an effort to then replace policemen who formerly were not effective with those who've been trained and vetted and equipped properly to bring stability.
www.defenselink.mil /transcripts/2006/tr20060106-12276.html   (3929 words)

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www.sublet.com /city_rentals/AlAnbar_Rentals.asp   (204 words)

 Mudville Gazette   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Tribal chiefs in Iraq's western Anbar province and in an area near the northern city of Kirkuk, two regions teeming with insurgents, are vowing to strike back at al-Qaeda in Iraq, a Sunni Arab-led group that is waging war against Sunni tribal leaders who are cooperating with the Iraqi government and the U.S. military.
Anbar residents say the towns of Khalidiya and Haditha are effectively controlled by al Qaeda, who run Islamic courts, force women to wear an Afghan-style burqa and regularly dump bodies of those they call "traitors" and "spies" on the streets.
Buzayi's meeting, dubbed the "Anbar Awakening Conference", was attended by 15 of the 18 tribes of the region.
www.mudvillegazette.com /archives/006647.html   (3976 words)

 Geopolitical Review: The al Anbar Campaign   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The al Anbar campaign is the ongoing set of operations to close the arteries leading into Iraq, specifically the...
The al Anbar campaign is the ongoing set of operations to close the arteries leading into Iraq, specifically the Sunni Triangle from Syria (and Saudi Arabia, Yemen, etc.), feeding the 'insurgency.' So in this presentation you will see the specific operations that will first sweep towns, and then clear and holding operations later.
With the al Anbar province nominally under Coalition control, the next step is to occupy the terrain on the Euphrates, the Sunni Triangle in other words.
www.geopoliticalreview.com /archives/001224the_al_anbar_campaign.php   (395 words)

 Al-Anbar lost? - Topic Powered by eve community
What do you think about a WP article summarizing a "a classified Marine Corps intelligence report" saying that "The U.S. military is no longer able to defeat a bloody insurgency in western Iraq or counter al-Qaeda's rising popularity there".
I chose not to answer the second and third parts of the original post because in answering part one I determined that the leaky story was not credible enough to allow for an educated opinion to be formed.
Al Anbar accounts for one-third of all US fatalities over the course of the war, and we're no better off there than we were in the beginning (nor, it seems, are the Iraqis there).
forums.military.com /eve/forums/a/tpc/f/409192893/m/6520080001001   (1591 words)

 ‘Vets’ Provide Multiple Missions in Al Anbar - DefendAmerica News Article
AL ASAD, Iraq, July 11, 2005 — When a new shipment of food comes into the chow hall or a military working dog needs medical care, the office of the Veterinarian Service Support Squad from the 43rd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services) from Fort Hood, Texas goes to work.
While it may seem an odd combination, their mission is to provide veterinary support, food safety inspections and public health support for the Al Anbar province.
The team of soldiers based here and a small detachment at Al Taqaddum are the only veterinarian services personnel for the more than 50 dogs, in the Marine Corps’ area of operations.
www.defendamerica.mil /articles/jul2005/a071105la1.html   (954 words)

 AR15.COM :: Forums :: Remember Colonel Devlin's leaked report from al-Anbar? Turns out the news is not that bad
This is an 'executive summary, paints the situation in Anbar in broad terms, and Ramadi is the focal point of the problem.
Context: Anbar has a population of about 1.3 million, and is about the size of South Carolina.
Context: Al-Qaeda integrated the six Sunni tribes in Anbar and formed the "Mutayibeen Coalition," which is comprised of al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Mujahideen Shura, and some minor insurgent groups.
www.ar15.com /forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=522857   (2052 words)

 Marines: We've lost Anbar to Al-Quaeda - Military Photos
I've provided the complete article, which seems to illustrate many of the problems in Al Anbar Province, although I doubt anything definitive about the situation in the province can be articulated in two pages.
While I don't think the Marines are claiming they've lost in Al Anbar Province, which the thread title misleadingly suggests, I think it's safe to say maintaining the status quo will not insure success.
Ultimately, success in Al Anbar Province involves a long term military and political commitment, and it would seem the United States lacks such a resolve.
www.militaryphotos.net /forums/showthread.php?t=98416   (1747 words)

 Collective punishment in Iraq’s Al Anbar -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Residents of Hit, one of a string of Sunni population centers, lying 80 kilometers west of Ramadi, reported that U.S. troops raided the city several days this week, adding that several civilians were killed and at least five were detained by the occupation forces.
In the U.S., officials commenting on Col. Pete Devlin's classified assessment of the dire state of Anbar, said it was the first time that a senior U.S. military officer admits the failing situation in the war-torn country.
much of cities in Al Anbar like Haditha and al-Qa'im in Ramadi, have failed to win or preserve control over the province, which now, according to many analysts, seems to be in the hands of what the U.S. military calls “insurgents”.
www.aljazeera.com /cgi-bin/news_service/middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=11959   (1225 words)

 albawaba.com middle east news information::US military chopper crashes in Iraq over Al Anbar, two soldiers missing
Four of the craft’s crewmembers survived and are in stable condition, while the condition of two others remains unknown as they are still missing.
According to a US military statement, the helicopter, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, was on a “familiarization flight'' over Al Anbar at the time of the crash, reported Bloomberg News.
Al Anbar is one of the mot volatile provinces in Iraq, and the scene of fierce fighting between US and Iraqi resistance forces.
www.albawaba.com /en/countries/Iraq/201716   (230 words)

 The Captain’s Journal » Regression in al Anbar Province
Commanders in western Anbar have long complained privately that they don’t have enough troops to control their area, which is about the size of South Carolina and includes notoriously violent cities such as Haditha, Rawah and Haqlaniyah.
We have discussed both the positive and negative aspects of the alignment of some of the Sunni tribes in al Anbar with the Iraqi central government.  In the interest of full disclosure, it is meaningful and productive to hear voices of dissent.
You are currently reading "Regression in al Anbar Province", entry #331 on The Captain's Journal.
www.captainsjournal.com /2006/10/10/regression-in-al-anbar-province   (811 words)

 Anbar Troops Moved To Baghdad
The city of 30,000 in the countryís Al Anbar Province is located along the Euphrates River, where insurgents have been known to transport weapons caches.
The Catch-22 in Iraq, and especially in Anbar, the most dangerous place for U.S. troops to serve and where more than a third of U.S. deaths have occurred, is that economic and civic progress can not be made without at least the perception of security.
We are committed to the people of Al Anbar and will remain committed to the people of Al Anbar and do everything possible to make their life better," he said.
www.spacewar.com /reports/Anbar_Troops_Moved_To_Baghdad_999.html   (1990 words)

 Multi-National Force - Iraq - Al Qaeda attacks Al Anbar tribe
Al Qaeda forces attacked through a tribal area check point and engaged the Abu Soda in Sofia.
Al Qaeda burned homes, and killed members of the tribe using small arms fire and mortars.
Both Al Qaeda and the Abu Soda suffered casualties but the exact numbers are unknown at this time.
www.mnf-iraq.com /index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7543&Itemid=21   (356 words)

This would drive out of their province the some 1,300 al’ Qaeda sponsored foreign-born jihadists and associated criminal gangs who are financially backed by foreign intelligence services, which backers are known to the tribal leaders.
The tribes blame al-Qaeda for damaging tribal life in Anbar, dividing members by religious sect and driving a wave of violent crime in Ramadi.
Godfather Osama had swallowed his humanity again and became spokesman for the new leader of al’ Qaeda and his brutal tactics, arguing for him to his sceptical inner circle.
mysite.verizon.net /vze2fbkv/id99.html   (438 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The biggest gain for the coalition is that they will now have forces on their side that know the terrain in al Anbar province.
For al Qaeda, now facing the equivalent of three additional light infantry divisions composed of people who will have knowledge of al Anbar province, it is a huge loss.
The major downside is that many of the tribesmen still support al Qaeda, and will defy their tribal leaders by continuing to work with the terrorists, or by not being very enthusiastic in fighting the terrorists.
www.strategypage.com /htmw/htterr/articles/20060922.aspx   (555 words)

 The Sons of Al Anbar Graduate
Al Anbar Governor Ma'moun presents an honor grad with certificate and congraulates him for his efforts.
Among the guest speakers at the graduation was Al Anbar Governor Ma'moun Al Awani.
General Sha'aban Muhammed Samier, the Al Anbar Provincial Police Chief, focused on the importance of providing support to all three prominent cities in Al Anbar (Al Qaim, Ar Ramadi, and Al Fallujah).
newsblaze.com /story/20060430235720nnnn.nb/topstory.html   (768 words)

 RealClearPolitics - Articles - How to Win the War in al Anbar
Americans can't win in Anbar (populated almost entirely by Sunni Arabs) by fighting the insurgents, because they can't tell "the good Iraqis from the bad Iraqis," Capt. Patriquin said.
Sheikhs have been authority figures in Anbar for 14,000 years, and they and their militias know who's who.
Establishing this precondition may be why President Bush met at the White House Dec. 4 with Abdul Aziz al Hakim, the Moqtada al Sadr's foremost Shiite rival, and last week with Tariq Hashimi, leader of the largest Sunni party in parliament.
www.realclearpolitics.com /articles/2006/12/separating_the_good_bad_guys_i.html   (754 words)

 Iraqi Solidiers on Track for Independent Ops in Al Anbar - DefendAmerica News Article
CAMP AL ASAD, Iraq, March 15, 2006 — Iraqi soldiers are right on schedule with training requirements that will allow them to eventually relieve U.S. military forces in western Al Anbar Province, according to Marine officials here.
Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division - one of two Iraqi Army brigades in western Al Anbar Province - have spent months now learning the administrative and decision-making processes they’ll need to function as a military headquarters element to the three Iraqi infantry battalions which will eventually be under their charge.
In fact, the 2nd Brigade, as well as its subordinate Iraqi infantry battalions throughout Al Anbar, will be operating independently by the end of the year, said Kenney.
www.defendamerica.mil /articles/mar2006/a031506wm1.html   (2115 words)

 W. Thomas Smith Jr. on Operation Steel Curtain & Iraq on National Review Online
But considering the successes in the recent counter-insurgency sweep in Iraq's Al Anbar Province, one fact becomes obvious to anyone with so much as a sliver of an understanding of ground combat operations: Eliminating the insurgency in Iraq is best left to those who best know how to do it.
Of that number, some 15,000 Iraqi soldiers are operating in Al Anbar, and approximately 1,000 of those soldiers have been fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with 2,500 U.S. Marines, sailors, and soldiers in Steel Curtain.
Like the Native American scouts in the Wild West, Iraqi scouts in Al Anbar are prized by U.S. forces for their courage, navigational skills, ability to relate with tribal leaders, and an understanding of local customs and dialects.
www.nationalreview.com /smitht/smith200511210820.asp   (2052 words)

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