The Iraqi Armed Forces managed to repel a massive three-day long offensive by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) at the strategic city of Al-Haditha in the Al-Anbar province on Wednesday.
“We have sacrificed 25 martyrs in 72 hours,” a tribal commander, Sheikh Abdallah Atallah, said from Al-Haditha, an area that includes a key dam that was occupied by ISIS in 2014.
“The offensive came from three directions,” he said, adding that dozens were also wounded.
Moreover, Iraqi security forces also retook control of Barwanah in the Al-Anbar Governorate, the Iraqi Minister of Defense said in a statement late Monday.
This comes just days after Iraqi forces defeated the militant group in AlRamadi.
Captain Ziyad al-Nimrawi, Barwanah’s police chief, said that Iraqi forces, backed by the US-led international coalition’s air force, killed 22 ISIS terrorists before taking control of the city.
“Seven pro-government tribal fighters and Iraqi soldiers were killed and 37 others were injured during the battle,” al-Nimrawi added.