The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) had one last chance to make a comeback in the Al-‘Anbar Governorate after losing the provincial capital (Al-Ramadi) to the Iraqi Armed Forces just 10 days ago.
However, their efforts to obstruct the Iraqi Army’s advance into the Nineveh Governorate’s southern countryside has all but ended with their embarrassing defeat at the strategic city of Al-Haditha.
For one week, ISIS repeatedly attempted to break-through the Iraqi Army’s frontline defenses at Al-Haditha; however, each attempt was repelled by the latter, despite several falsified reports of ISIS’ advance on social media networks like Facebook, Telegram, and Twitter.
Finally, ISIS was dealt a major blow when the tribes of Al-Haditha struck back against the terrorist group; this resulted in the latter’s massive retreat to the city’s northeastern countryside, leaving the pro-government forces victorious.
All-in-all, ISIS’ Al-Haditha offensive was disastrous: 1) they have failed to recapture the initiative in the Al-‘Anbar Governorate and 2) the Iraqi Army is preparing their massive military operation to retake the Nineveh Governorate from the terrorist group after a two year hiatus.