UN: Recent Fighting in Anbar Displaced at Least 90,000

Most Displaced in and around Ramadi

After the fighting in Tikrit, Iraq turned its attentions to Anbar, but seems to be losing ground to ISIS in the area. The real losers are the Anbar civilians, as the UN reported at least 90,000 were displaced in the last several days.

Most of the internally displaced civilians were from the capital city of Ramadi and the surrounding area, where ISIS has been making major gains in the face of a struggling Iraqi military counter-offensive.

Some of the civilians fleeing Ramadi claimed the city was all but empty of non-combatants, which if true would suggest a much bigger number of displaced, since the city alone has a population of nearly 500,000.

While Ramadi has been contested since January of 2014, the city is now almost entirely under ISIS control after a week of fighting, leaving Iraqi officials alarmed, and US officials insisting the city was never that important in the first place.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.