Seven months ago, the Iraqi Army conceded the imperative city of Al-Ramadi to the terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) after a violent battle that ultimately led to their withdrawal from this provincial capital in western Iraq.
The Iraqi Army and their allies may have lost the first battle for Al-Ramadi; however, they were far from defeated.
One month after losing Al-Ramadi, the Iraqi Armed Forces mobilized the necessary military personnel to launch a counter-offensive to retake the provincial capital and capture several other ISIS strongholds inside the Al-‘Anbar Governorate.
While western publications and military analysts counted them out, the Iraqi Army preserved and shocked the doubters on Sunday in what will be remembered as the biggest victory for the pro-government forces in 2015.
What many of these publications and analysts fail to mention is that Al-Ramadi was notorious for being a Jihadist stronghold; its capture rivals the importance of the Iraqi Army’s seizure of Tikrit last year.
For seven months, the Iraqi Army battled through the desert heat, inching closer and closer to the city’s gates, while the scorching hot temperatures would forestall their military movements.
On Sunday, the Iraqi Army not only defeated ISIS, but they also defeated everyone that rooted against them.
The Iraqi Army raised the Iraqi flag over downtown Al-Ramadi, signaling their victory over the terrorist forces that plagued the city and its surrounding area.
More importantly, the Iraqi Army paved the way for several other forces to advance in regions that were under ISIS’ control; this includes the latest victories for the U.S. backed “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF), who captured the Tishreen Dam just hours before Al-Ramadi’s liberation.
ISIS was forced to commit several contingents and over 2,000 men in order to protect Al-Ramadi from the Iraqi Army; this was a serious issue for the terrorist group.
The terrorist group was spread too thin as a result of this battle; and this is due in large part to Iraqi Armed Forces and their brave soldiers that risked their lives for the greater good of the region.