DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:30) – The combined forces of the Iraqi army, police and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have succesfully repelled the latest ISIS attack on the central Iraqi city of Ramadi. Even more, sources indicate that the Iraqi forces counterattacked and drove the terrorist group further back then had been the case prior to the attack.
Halaf al-Jalibawi, commander of the PMU in the area, told Iraqi news network al-Sumariah that the surprise attack by ISIS on the city of Ramadi came from the Attaash area, which was already under terrorist control. According to Jalibawi, the Iraqi forces not only fended off the ISIS attack on the city, but pushed back and liberated all of Attaash as well.
The terrorists had used 20 vehicles filled with troops and heavy weaponry to launch an attack against the so-caled Five Kilo, Seven Kilo, and al-Jame’eh districts of Ramadi. The defending troops succesfully routed ISIS from each of these areas after a short but heavy fight. Sources have it that twenty terrorists were killed during the offensive.
The city of Ramadi, capital of the Al Anbar Governorate in western Iraq, was overrun by ISIS at the start of their campaign of conquest in 2014. However, following a highly succesful cooperation between the Iraqi armed forces and the Popular Mobilization Units, the joint Iraqi forces liberated Ramadi in December 2015, marking the most decisive victory over ISIS to that date and significantly boosting Baghdad’s morale in the war.