Despite President Barack Obama's and his minions' insistence that al-Qaeda "is on the run," on Thursday terrorists from al-Qaeda in Iraq, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, invaded the Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, both located in that nation's Anbar province, according to counterterrorism analyst and former police task force member Mike Snopes.'
"Half of Ramadi and Fallujah is now under control of al-Qaeda militants, while local police forces backed [by] hundreds of tribesmen are fighting them in the streets," according to Middle East news organizations.
A police source claims that fierce battles in Ramadi, Anbar's provincial capital city, are still underway and some areas are controlled by al-Qaeda.
The source told the news media that fierce combat erupted between al-Qaeda terrorists and local tribesman in the city of Fallujah, while the Islamic terrorists fired mortar rounds that landed and exploded in the eastern district of Fallujah.
According to news reports, many from both sides were killed of wounded, but there are figure available on the number of casualties yet.
On Wednesday, the clashes erupted in several Anbar's cities, including Ramadi and Fallujah, after al-Qaeda fighters charged into the cities and ambushed several police stations including the police headquarters in Fallujah.
Ironically, the al-Qaeda attack occurred just after the Iraqi army withdrew from the provincial cities in order to avoid having to fight the heavily armed tribesmen.
Later on Wednesday night, Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced that he changed his earlier decision to withdraw the army from riotous cities in Anbar province and that he will instead send reinforcements to the province where the violence continues.
The Sunni population has been carrying out violent protests for more than a year. claiming the Shiite-led government has been marginalizing them and the Shiite-dominated military and security forces indiscriminately arrests, tortures and kills their sons.
Al-Qaeda and its branches and affiliates are Sunni Muslims, while the majority of Iraqis are Shiite Muslims.