The 1st, 7th, and 10th Divisions of the Iraqi Army are on a roll in the provincial capital of the Al-‘Anbar Governorate, as they are quickly recovering the territory they lost to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) during the aforementioned terrorist group’s large-scale offensive inside the city of Al-Ramadi in May of 2015.
On Wednesday, the Iraqi Security Forces – in coordination with Hashd Al-Sha’abi and local tribesmen – continued their advance inside the town of Al-Hamidiyeh, capturing more building blocks from the ISIS terrorist entrenched inside; this town sits northwest of Al-Ramadi.
According the Iraqi activist Haidar Sumeri (@IraqiSecurity), the Iraqi Security Forces and popular committees produced significant advances inside the three towns of Albu ‘Aitha, Albu Thi’ab, and Albu Faraj in Al-Ramadi’s northern countryside – he added that despite these recent gains, it is still premature to claim that the Iraqi forces are in full control of northern Al-Ramadi.
Recently, the Iraqi President – Haider Al-‘Abadi – stated during an interview that the reason Al-Ramadi had not been full recaptured was due to high temperatures inside this desert city in west Iraq.
Temperatures inside Al-Ramadi have exceed 40 degrees (Celsius) on more than one occasion this summer; this has forced the Iraqi Armed Forces to back-off of certain areas due to the lack of provisions at the frontlines.