With areas liberated so far by Iraqi forces, 5 battalions of Anbari tribes have arrived to secure the areas of Ramadi already cleared. Police have also arrived to secure areas.
An Iraqi spokesperson confirms that the air force has played a vital role.
“Our forces are advancing towards the government complex in the center of Ramadi,” Sabah al-Numani, a spokesman for Iraq’s counter-terrorism units. “The fighting is in the neighbourhoods and around the complex, with support from the air force,” he continued.
Progress has been slower than expected as Baghdad is relying solely on the army to uproot the 250-300 ISIS militants holed up in the center rather than the effective Shi’ite militia. This is in the hope to not flare up sectarianism in the Sunni majority city. This was also suggested to Baghdad by the United States.