The Iraqi army have just liberated the Bakr district in Ramadi and have raised the Iraqi flag over several buildings.
It has been revealed that police and Sunni tribes have moved in further to secure positions taken.
“They are moving into the city center,” Col. Steven Warren, the United States military spokesman in Baghdad, said in a brief telephone interview to The New York Post.
“We went into the into the center of Ramadi from different axes, and we started clearing residential areas,” Gen. Sabah al-Numani, a spokesman for the army counterterrorism unit in charge of the offensive, said in a statement. He predicted that “the city will be cleared within the coming 72 hours.”
General Ahmed al-Belawi, the leader of a battalion of Sunni tribal fighters stated: “We are making significant progress to liberate the center soon. The Iraqi and international coalition air force are helping our ground forces to advance quickly. Victory will be announced soon.”
Despite the confidence from the two generals, reports are emerging that the few hundred ISIS fighters are providing stiff resistance despite being outnumbered by the Iraqi forces. The United States have intensified their airstrikes against ISIS positions causing a near complete destruction of Bakr district.
It is believed the Iraqi forces will not be focusing on securing government people where ISIS are believed to be resisting mostly from.
Unconfirmed reports have said that ISIS have destroyed three bridges to halt Iraqi troops from crossing the Euphrates River and advance further in the city.
The 8th Division of the Iraqi Army have killed dozens of terrorists in the Aramil area of Ramadi.