Statement issued by Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Al Anbar District and specifically the city of Fallujah remain under the control of terrorist groups, led by a group which calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This group is responsible for many terrorist activities such as killing, kidnapping and terrifying the Iraqi people in attempts to plant fear and terror among them; sabotaging public and private properties; destroying infrastructure, including the bridges that connect the cities in Al Anbar district, therefore obstructing transportation and blocking the humanitarian aid from reaching the innocent civilians.

The Government of Iraq is working to create a committee to take responsibility of providing the necessary needs to civilians and also to assist the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission by taking the necessary steps to ensure that all the district citizens can and will participate in the parliamentary elections set to take place at the end of April 2014.

The terrorist groups in Falljuah are using the city’s citizens as human shields; the group blocked the water supply from the Fallujah Dam, causing a major shortage of water flow to the southern and median Iraqi District. Cutting off the water supply also disconnected the availability of drinking water, hindered electric power supply stations, and damaged the agricultural, environmental and natural resources in the area.

The Government of Iraq has a constitutional responsibility to take necessary action to ensure that security, safety and protection of Fallujah and other citizens are restored.