Anbar back in crosshairs of Iraqis and coalition

The anti-IS coalition has at least temporarily set aside divergent interests in a concerted effort to dislodge militants from Ramadi and Fallujah.
Iraqi security forces and al-Hashid al-Shabi paramilitary forces before attacking the IS group in Fallujah with heavy weapons on July 12, 2015. (ALI MOHAMMED/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Iraqi security forces and coalition partners have launched what they claim is the offensive to liberate Anbar's two largest cities, Ramadi and Fallujah, in an effort backed by coalition air strikes.

The partners include U.S.-led bombers and, critically, Sunni tribes from Anbar, including those trained by the Americans at the Habaniya base just west of Fallujah as well as Shia units of the al-Hashid al-Shabi (Popular Mobilization).

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