BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Forces of the so-called Islamic State have launched a surprise offensive on a key city in eastern Anbar province. The terrorist group reportedly breached the city’s defenses, entering it and taking hostages.
According to Iraqi sources, ISIS militants launched a major motorized assault on the city of Ramadi (about 100 kilometers west of Baghdad) this morning catching Iraqi security forces off-guard
Sources say that ISIS mustered at least twenty pickups trucks armed with heavy weapons for the offensive.
Jihadist militants entered the Ramadi, taking control of the al-Tash and al-Jamea university areas of the city and took hostages.
In any case, Iraqi security forces claim to have since launched a successful counter-attack that saw them retake these areas of Ramadi and kill twenty Islamic State fighters in the process.