The Iraqi Army has quietly proven their effectiveness in combatting the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) inside the country over the last 2 weeks by capturing the strategic Industrial Area of Baiji and the Adhaym Dam. The latter was captured earlier today when the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) – backed by local militias – overwhelmed ISIS with a fierce attack that led to the destruction of their frontline fortifications and the death of many of their fighters. According to a military source, 51 ISIS fighters were confirmed killed-in-action (KIA) during the violent confrontation.
In Baiji, the ISF continued its successful offensive, capturing the Al-‘Arsi Quarter located in the eastern part of the city and advancing towards the imperative Baiji Refinery. The Al-‘Arsi Quarter was captured early on Thursday morning when the ISF stormed ISIS positions from the eastern flank, killing scores of militants before the latter’s withdrawal west. Near the Baiji Refinery, the ISF has reached the Al-Bujwari Bridge located 500 meters from the refinery’s gates; this is a huge blow for the ISIS fighters entrenched in the northern part of the city.
For the first time in months, the ISF has gained ground in the Al-Anbar Governorate – a province predominately controlled by ISIS. Earlier today, the ISF successfully forced ISIS fighters out of the Razazah area of ‘Amiriyyat Al-Fallujah located southeast of Al-Ramadi. If the ISF is successful in capturing the cities of Al-Heet and ‘Amiriyyat Al-Fullujah; this will leave ISIS flanked from the north and south at Al-Ramadi.