The Iraqi Army – in coordination with Hashd Al-Sha’abi, local tribesmen, and Liwaa Al-Badr – have made substantial gains inside the Al-‘Anbar Governorate in the last 72 hours after they successfully broke-through the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s frontline positions at the town of Al-Hamidiyah near the provincial capital.
On Monday morning, the Iraqi Army and popular committees burst through ISIS’ defenses at the imperative town of Al-Hamidiyah and took control of the eastern district, while killing over 20 enemy combatants from the terrorist group.
In addition to their success at the Al-Hamidiyah front, the Iraqi Security Forces and popular committees – led by Hashd Al-Sha’abi – took control of the Petrol Station and the Brick Factory in Al-Ramadi, forcing the terrorist group to retreat towards the city-center in order to evade the Anti-ISIS Coalition and Iraqi Air Force’s imminent airstrikes on their positions.
Despite their poor portrayal by western publications, the Iraqi Army and popular committees are winning the battle against ISIS; in fact, since November of 2014, the aforementioned army has gained a significant amount of ground in the Salahiddeen and Diyala Governorates.
Now, the Iraqi Security Forces and popular committees begin their war against the terrorist group inside their heartland; these cities like Al-Heel, Fallujah, and Al-Karma were once untouchable for the Iraqi Armed Forces, but now, they are all under attack by the latter.