The cities of Ramadi and Fallujah continue to be surrounded by the professional and fully capable Iraqi Army. Prime Minister Nuri Maliki has not given the order to enter the city of Fallujah. On Saturday, the Iraqi Army began to fire artillery into the city of Fallujah. The Iraqi army is currently employing small drones to locate militants who have taken over the city in Fallujah. The drones are unarmed and have the capability to record and send high-resolution video. The video is in real time operated by a tablet computer. The drone when used will give the Iraqi Army real time information of the location of the militants who are hiding inside Fallujah. The information from the drone will somewhat minimize the killings of innocent civilians who remain in Fallujah.
I’m hoping that the Iraqi Army will have fire discipline when entering the city and are cautious to protect innocent civilians. The United Nations (UN) have reported that 11,000 families have left Fallujah and have relocated to nearby towns to escape the upcoming assault.
On Sunday,12 January 2014 a sticky bomb was attached to Brigadier General (BG) BakhtiyarFayikh’s care who lives in eastern Sulaimaniyah, Iraq. The Ramadi police and allied tribal fighters have taken back the neighborhoods that were once under the control of Al-Qaeda linked militants. There are reports that the Iraqi Army morale is low. The Iraqi Army vehicles are vulnerable to strikes by the RP-7 rocket’s, a primary weapon of the militants.
A few days ago a video surfaced on Youtube of a destroyed and burning Iraq Army M1 Abrams tank. The U.S.government has put a rush on a delivery of aerial drones and other military equipment to the Iraqi government. The aerial drones will be used to protect the oil platforms on the gulf coast.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi Army and security forces are waiting on the outskirts of Fallujah for orders from the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri Maliki to enter the city and remove the militants. I will be posting updates regarding the current situation in Fallujah and Ramadi. Stay current by joining the American Contractor mailing for topics on Iraq and the Middle East.