Special forces in Iraq are fighting jihadist militants who have reportedly taken over swathes of two cities.
The clashes with fighters from the al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) are taking place in Fallujah and Ramadi.
Both cities are in the province of Anbar where Sunni militant activity has been on the rise.
On Monday the security forces broke up a long-running Sunni anti-government protest camp in Ramadi.
A senior police officer was quoted as saying ISIS fighters had seized at least 10 police stations and had freed a number of prisoners.