World Bulletin / News Desk
Sunni tribal leaders in the central Iraqi city of Fallujah have appointed a new city administrator and police chief.
"The city's chieftains, scholars and intellectuals met Saturday and named a new city administrator and a new police chief," Imam Ali al-Basri said in a statement mailed to Anadolu Agency.
He asserted that city administrator Zabar Hadi al-Arsan and police chief Brig. Gen. Abdel-Salam al-Alwani would assume their responsibilities as of Sunday.
The move came as a sign of weakened government control over the city amid ongoing clashes between Iraqi army troops and armed tribesmen in the predominantly Sunni province of Anbar.
The Iraqi authorities have yet to comment on the appointments.
Anbar, of which Fallujah is a major city, has been rocked by violence since Iraqi security forces dismantled a months-old anti-government sit-in outside the provincial capital Ramadi in late December.
The sit-in was a protest against perceived anti-Sunni discrimination by the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Abdel-Sattar Lawas, director of Fallujah General Hospital, told AA on Saturday a total of 28 civilians had been killed and 200 others injured in the city since the start of military operations there three weeks ago.Last Mod: 19 Ocak 2014, 11:15