During the afternoon, two ISIS suicide trucks killed 17 Iraqi soldiers in a major jihadist attack in the northern countryside of Ramadi city. 8 more troops were wounded.
During the offensive, the Islamic State captured the villages of Bufarraj, Buaitha and Jarayshi as Iraqi troops retreated towards Ramadi.
According to an Iraqi Army colonel, ISIS also captured a bridge and severed a supply line from Ramadi to the Thirthar district.
ISIS fighters are now approximately 10 kilometers north of Ramadi city which was otherwise fully captured and secured by government troops 3 months ago.
The Islamic State attack was likely launched to prevent an expected Iraqi offensive into a nearby region that would have completely cut potential ISIS supply routes to Fallujah, an Islamic State stronghold which has been besieged by the Iraqi Army for more than six months.
Meanwhile, ISIS fighters also clashed with security forces inside Abu Ghraib earlier today as two militants detonated explosives at the al-Zeidan police station.