Iraqi premier orders air cover, weapons for fighters battling Islamic State in Anbar province

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is calling for more intensive aerial support and weapons for fighters battling the Islamic State militant group in Anbar province.

Al-Abadi has ordered the additional support after a meeting with delegates from the Anbar Provincial Council late Saturday. A statement says the air power and weapons are intended both for Iraq's embattled armed forces and Sunni tribes supporting the anti-Islamic State fight in Anbar.

The Islamic State group has seized a number of cities and towns across Anbar province, including Fallujah. The militant group seized another section of the provincial capital, Ramadi, on Friday and intense clashes are ongoing as Iraqi forces, backed by local tribes, try to secure the city.