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Iraq’s Shi’ite paramilitaries and members of Iraqi security forces gather at North of Fallujah in province of Anbar, July 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Erbil-Sheikhs of Arab tribes in Anbar province have called on the local government in Anbar province, the federal government in Baghdad and the international coalition troops to play an effective role in liberating the western regions of the province.

During a conference held on Sunday in Erbil, the sheikhs demanded that the Iraqi government forms forces composed of tribal fighters to take part in the battles.

Anbar Governor Sohaib al-Rawi said in a press conference, which was attended by Asharq Al-Awsat, that western districts are of high importance.

“The local and central governments are committed to liberating these areas and to paving the way towards the return of the displaced,” Al-Rawi added.

Member at Anbar Provincial Council Karim al-Karbouli told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Fallujah is stable and that the local government is working on returning essential services to residents.

He added that most refugees whose regions have been liberated are now back to their houses.

“Western regions are of great importance because they abut Syria thus liberating them will stop terrorist groups from entering Anbar or Mosul,” said another member at Anbar Provincial Council Asmaa Usamah Abdulrahman to Asharq Al-Awsat.

At the end of the conference, participants issued some recommendations to liberate remaining areas.

They insisted on liberating all western regions, urged the local, federal governments and international coalition troops to play a crucial role in this aspect and demanded stability in liberated areas.

The recommendations also included a request to form an official force composed of fighters from local tribes. Participants urged the tribes to unite against terrorism.

In the same context, Anbar Provincial Council member Eid al-Karbouli told Asharq Al-Awsat that up to 80 percent of Ramadi was destroyed, that’s why normal life is returning to it slowly and gradually.