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Iraqi troops recapture al-Houz bridge in Ramadi

24 April 2015 20:02


Iraqi forces have reportedly recaptured a key bridge from the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group in the Iraqi western province of Anbar.

According to Colonel Mahadi Abbas, a police official in the Iraq’s Anbar Province, the Iraqi forces managed on Friday to retake the al-Houz bridge in the city of Ramadi that extends along the Euphrates River.

The official said the victory came after fierce clashes between Iraqi troops and militants belonging to the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group in the western part of Ramadi.

Abbas added that the bridge had been under the control of the Takfiri terrorists for several months and was used as a major supply route.

The development comes as the Iraqi army, assisted by popular mobilization units, has succeeded over the past few days in retaking some areas from ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the province.
According to a Thursday statement by Iraq’s Defense Ministry, the old road of Karmah, a city located nearly 20 kilometers northwest of Fallujah, was liberated during an operation. The ministry added that the Iraqi forces also recaptured three villages north of the city besides killing a large number of extremist militants in the fighting.

Iraqi police major, Omar al-Alawni, announced on April 21 that government troops regained control of Ramadi’s pediatric and maternity hospital and the neighborhood around it after heavy clashes with the Takfiri militants.

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