Human Rights Watch has condemned "abuses" on the part of both the government forces and insurgents. In particular, the group criticized the indiscriminate shelling by the government in civilian areas. A hospital source in Falluja claimed that 25 civilian deaths occurred due to army shelling since hostilities began last week, while 190 people were injured. However, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who faces re-election in a few months, has resisted initiating any major operations in Anbar’s major cities.
In Ramadi, a suicide bomber killed four police commandos and wounded six more. A bomb near a tribal leader’s home killed one civilian and wounded two more. Heavy fighting was also reported.
Eight militants were killed in Khalidiya.
Three bombers were shot dead in Abu Ghraib.
A bomb in Tikrit killed a policeman and wounded four civilians. A roadside bomb on a road heading to Mosul exploded, killing three policemen and wounding five more. Four civilians were killed and six more were wounded in a bombing.
In Mosul, a bomb killed three soldiers, while wounding two more soldiers and two policemen; an insurgent was also killed. Two civilians were shot dead in separate locations. Gunmen killed a Shabak civilian. A bomb wounded four SWAT members.
A roadside bomb near Samarra killed four policemen.
Two students were killed and three more were wounded when gunmen shot at a school bus in Shirqat, where insurgents appear to be targeting school students.
In Qayara, gunmen killed a policeman and his mother.
Security forces killed the driver for an al-Qaeda leader in Tarmiya.
Security forces in Mushahda killed a bomber.
A sticky bomb wounded a civilian in Baquba.