A tribal coalition in western Iraq and allied with the United States is using harsh tactics in its battle against al-Qa'ida in Anbar province, including summary executions, and conscription, according to local sources.
In addition to closing off the city, tribal forces are searching the rural areas around the city for al-Qa'ida-affiliated groups. As in Baghdad, rural areas around the city have been al-Qa'ida strongholds from which militants have proven difficult to dislodge.
The Anbar Salvation Front (referred to by Iraqi sources as the Abu Risha group, using the tribal name of the groupís principal leader, Abd al-Sattar Abu Risha), uses harsh measures against its captured enemies, Slogger sources report.
The group does not hand over captured al-Qa'ida suspects to the Iraqi police or even to the US military. When a group has concluded that any captive works with the al-Qa'ida
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