Over the weekend, the Iraqi Air Force dropped hundreds of pamphlets to the civilians living inside the provincial capital of the Al-‘Anbar Governorate in order to urge them to evacuate the city for safer quarters because the Iraqi Armed Forces were restarting major operations there.
The Iraqi Armed Forces kept their word: earlier this week, the Iraqi Army’s 5th and 7th Divisions – in coordination with Anbari Tribesmen – conducted a massive operation to capture the northern suburbs of Al-Ramadi; this contingency came to fruition when the aforementioned units took control of Al-‘Adnaniyah, Albu Farad, the 5 Kilo, Albu Risha, and Zankoura suburbs
Following their success, the Iraqi Armed Forces successfully cutoff the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s strategic supply route to west Al-Ramadi after fierce clashes along the International Highway that stretches from Zankoura to Al-Heet in central Al-‘Anbar.
In addition to the assault on northern Al-Ramadi, the Iraqi Army’s paratroopers were airdropped into the provincial capital’s central district to carry out a special operation inside of 17th Street – the aforementioned operation was successful.
As a result of this operation, the Iraqi Security Forces are now fighting ISIS at the outer edges of Central Al-Ramadi; this has left the terrorist group in panic, as they are now surrounded from three sides.
Elsewhere, the ISIS field commander “Fadhil Al-Ansari” was reportedly killed by the Iraqi Security Forces during an operation outside of Fallujah – 20 of his fighters were also reportedly killed.
The Iraqi Armed Forces and popular committees also made several advances in central Iraq after they captured Khat Al-Layn from ISIS; this was the terrorist group’s primary oil smuggling route in central Iraq.