Anbar Governor Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi confirmed to Reuters that he had met with U.S. diplomats as well as senior military officials to seek help in defeating IS forces who control almost all of the province.
In Mosul the ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) are flexing their muscles. They are walking the streets and telling workers to get back to work a mere day after walking in and taking over Iraq's second biggest city.
Fighting continues as the Iraqi Army tries to regain full control over the Anbar province capital Fallujah. According to the main hospital there some 366 people have lost their lives since this crisis began late last December.
In the last couple of days the Syrian regime has continued to drop barrel bombs on opposition fighters in Aleppo. In neighboring Iraq the Maliki government is also using the same kind of weapon in Fallujah.
An Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim who went to Syria in order to fight the Sunni rebels engaged against the Assad government there is now back in Iraq running for a seat in parliament in the upcoming April 30 elections.
Since the Iraqi government's battle with the Islamic State in Iraq (ISIL, ISIS, or AQI) in Anbar province and Sunni militants throughout the country hundreds of people have lost their lives. The carnage is continuing into March.
Another town or most of it has fallen under control of Sunni militants associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL). The group also operates in Syria and has taken over the city of Fallujah in Iraq and part of the provincial capital Ramadi.
While facing continuing protests for a crackdown in Sunni dominated Anbar province and other Sunni areas, the government of Nouri al-Maliki now faces Al Qaeda in Iraq which has captured parts of two major cities.
A recently published study has reported a "staggering rise" in birth defects and miscarriages among babies and women living in parts of Iraq that were heavily exposed to toxic metals as a result of the US-led invasion and occupation of that country.
New research set to be published this week shows birth defects of newborn babies in the Iraqi city of Fallujah have reached epidemic proportions since the city was annihilated six years ago by the US military.
Six years after severe fighting raged in Fallujah between U.S. Marines and Iraqi insurgents the effects of the battle still linger. Specifically, there is increasing anecdotal evidence that birth defects are increasing at an alarming rate.