Islamic State bans smoking in Iraqi Anbar


ARA News 

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – The Iraqi police command in the province of Anbar revealed on Thursday that the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) closed popular cafes, prohibited smoking and banned the used of waterpipes in the city of Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad). 

A security source in the Iraqi police told ARA News that the radical group closed all the popular cafes in the city of Fallujah and prevented civilians from smoking, whether cigarettes or waterpipes, pointing out that the group threatened the violators.

The Iraqi army is reportedly preparing an extended military operation against the IS militants in the province of Anbar next week.

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, reported that the province of Anbar, including Fallujah, will witness fierce battles between the Iraqi army (backed by the popular mobilization forces) and insurgents of the Islamic State in the coming days. 

“The people of the province rejuct the IS restrictions on their daily life. All tribal factions in Anbar support Iraqi security and military forces and they are expected to participate in the upcoming operations against IS terrorists,” the member of the Iraqi police command told ARA News. 

The Islamic State took control of large areas of Anbar province, including the central city of Ramadi (110 km west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad). The governorate’s council recently called for the support of U.S. ground forces to save Anbar from the IS extremists, but the request was rejected by the majority of political forces, as well as Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. 


Reporting by: Sarbaz Yusuf

Source: ARA News

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