Since the fall of Al-Ramadi in May of 2015, the Iraq Security Forces (ISF) have received a great deal of criticism for the loss of this provincial capital of the Al-‘Anbar Governorate, despite making significant gains across the country.
The Iraq Security Forces – with the help of Hashd Al-Sha’abi and local militias – have turned the tide of the battle for the Al-‘Anbar Governorate (ISIS stronghold), as they have reentered Al-Ramadi and launched a number of offensives that include the cities of Karma and Fallujah in west Iraq.
On Wednesday morning, the Iraqi Army – backed by Hashd Al-Sha’abi – stormed ISIS’ positions at the Al-Zeitoun District and the General Directorate for Traffic in Al-‘Anbar (west of Ramadi), capturing these areas after a series of intense firefights.
The following day, the Iraqi Security Forces continued their onslaught near Al-Ramadi, advancing to the Federal Police Building and the town of Al-Husaybah, where they encountered another large contingent from the terrorist group – firefights are still ongoing between the two parties.
In addition to their offensive in Al-Ramadi, the Iraqi Security Forces announced their latest offensive on Samarra Island; this is another ISIS stronghold that the ISF is attempting to recapture from the terrorist group.
The Fallujah front has recently intensified, as the Iraqi Security Forces pounded away at ISIS’ military installments around the city on Wednesday; this led to the ISF’s capture of the Fallujah Leather Factory.
North of Fallujah, Iraqi Army engineers dismantled hundreds of IEDs that were planted along the road leading to the aforementioned city in the Al-‘Anbar Governorate.