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.

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Eric Holt
Eric Holt
2015-09-29 20:17

Like all men, They lacked discipline and leadership. They have that now with a few western powers soldiers advising. Its not that western powers will save the day, its not that the soldiers were cowards or badly trained or even incompetent, it was only skilled leadership kept them from achieving.