The Anbar Police Command opened a joint professional centre to fight terrorism in Ramadi on Tuesday (November 15th).
The centre will analyse intelligence information about terrorist groups, study how terrorist operations are executed, and make recommendations about how to fight and eliminate terrorist groups.
Maj. Gen. Hadi Erzaij Kassar, commander of the Anbar police, said the centre includes officials from the Iraqi army, police, department of national security, tribal leaders and the local government, as well as psychiatrists and sociologists.
"The centre will be the first step toward eliminating the confusion and some of the daily uncertainty that arises in our war against terrorism. It will also establish a starting point to strike terrorism by launching pre-emptive operations that abort attacks before they occur," Kassar told Mawtani.
"The centre's focus will be directed primarily at al-Qaeda in Iraq and other terrorist groups. Our goal is to arrest or kill the terrorists and paralyse terrorist cells or limit them to a great degree," he said.
The centre will have three major sections. The first section is for collection and analysis of intelligence information, the second section is devoted to reviewing plans and security actions against terrorist suspects, and the third is for co-ordinating communication between citizens and security forces.
Anbar Governor Kassim Mohammad al-Fahdawi told Mawtani that the centre would strengthen anti-terrorism operations.
"We hope the centre will be the beginning of the end of what is left of the terrorists because it will operate on the basis of scientific theories without mishaps or speculation in deciding on what steps are to be taken."
Al-Fahdawi said the centre has "a huge store of security information that employees will work on and translate into security steps that will help secure the lives of citizens".
Brig. Gen. Khamis al-Dulaimi, director of the new centre, said the focus of the centre would be on improving co-ordination among Iraqi forces.
"The primary activity of the centre will be to co-ordinate efforts and build strong ties between the branches of the Iraqi forces. It will also be prepared to build extensive security ties with all Iraqi provinces," he said.
Al-Dulaimi told Mawtani that the centre would send some of its members to countries with a long history of fighting terrorism to train on the latest methods for fighting armed groups.
He also said the local government has equipped the centre with advanced computers, an internet network, and equipment for communicating with all government offices in Anbar and other provinces. The centre will operate 24 hours a day, with two working shifts for the staff.
According to al-Dulaimi, the centre will be funded by all security agencies that are collaborating in the centre's efforts. He said no security mission will be executed against terrorist targets without a legal warrant.
"The centre's work will not interfere with the judiciary. It will be a source for intelligence information collected by the security teams, which is then analysed and sent to the Iraqi forces to act on," al-Dulaimi said.
Rafi Abdul Kareem, chairman of the defence and security committee in the Anbar Provincial Council, told Mawtani that the centre's formation "is considered a new step forward in our war against terrorism".
"The centre will be an important agent for fighting al-Qaeda and other armed groups," he said. "It is a nucleus for work that is more co-ordinated, professional and focused on the mission."