For months, the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and popular committees have quietly advanced inside the Al-‘Anbar Governorate after losing the provincial capital (Al-Ramadi) to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in May of 2015.
However, contrary to popular belief, the Iraqi Security Forces and popular committees have not sat idly while ISIS continues to terrorize the country; instead, they have taken action to eliminate this serious threat by deploying thousands of men to the terrorist group’s heartland in western Iraq.
In July, the Iraqi Security Forces and popular committees – led by Hashd Al-Sha’abi and Liwaa Al-Badr – began operations to liberate the provincial capital of Al-‘Anbar, while another set of armored brigades attacked the ISIS strongholds of Fallujah, Al-Karma, and Al-Heet along the Euphrates River.
Days after they began this massive operation in the ISIS heartland between the Al-‘Anbar and Salahiddeen Governorates, the Iraqi Security Forces and popular committees captures large swathes of territory from the terrorist group, including Al-‘Anbar University in southern Al-Ramadi.
Not to be outdone, the Iraqi Security Forces made rapid progress around Fallujah, capturing multiple sites between Al-Karma and the aforementioned city before they would cutoff ISIS’ main supply route.
Recently, the Iraqi Security Forces and popular committees have intensified operations in Samara, seizing another ISIS supply route to this imperative city located 50km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
These next few months will be crucial for the Iraqi Armed Forces as they continue to push deeper into ISIS-controlled territory amid the unwarranted criticism from their alleged allies in the west.