THE LEVANT – Fallujah has formed its first armed brigade of tribesmen to fight the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) and provide assistance to the Iraqi forces, Fallujah tribal council chief Hameed al-Issawi said Wednesday (August 20th).
“The new brigade, called Fallujah Free Men, will carry out operations against ISIL elements who have been controlling the city and booby trapping its periphery with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and landmines for months,” al-Issawi told Al-Shorfa.
Dozens of tribesmen have joined the brigade, formed along the lines of the new Mosul Liberation Force, and they are currently mobilising public opinion against ISIL, he added.
Tribesmen will work on weakening ISIL from within by carrying out operations against its leaders and opening channels of communications with the Iraqi forces, he said.
“The success of past efforts to form a tribal brigade in villages around the town has encouraged us to repeat the experience in Fallujah,” he added.