Iraq PM to deploy more troops to combat Anbar unrest
BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014, reversed a decision to withdraw soldiers from Anbar cities and ordered reinforcements to the mainly Sunni Arab province to tackle attacks by militants.
Clashes broke out in Anbar, west of Baghdad, as security forces tore down a year-old Sunni Arab protest camp outside the provincial capital Ramadi on Monday.
On Wednesday, police reportedly left many positions in the Anbar city of Fallujah, while militants torched police stations both there and in Ramadi.
"We will not withdraw the army" and "we will send additional forces", Iraqiya state television quoted Mr Maliki as saying in response to what it said were requests from residents and the provincial government.