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Key district retaken near Iraq’s Ramadi

30 May 2015 22:28


Iraqi forces have taken back an area southwest of the flashpoint city of Ramadi in the western Anbar Province from ISIL terrorists.

Iraqi troops, backed by volunteer forces, captured the Morur district on Saturday, dealing a serious blow to the Takfiri militants positioned there, al-Hadath news channel reported.

The retaking of Morur, an area located at the heart a densely populated region, could reinforce the position of the Iraqi forces in their ongoing offensive against ISIL in Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar Province, parts of which are under the control of the Takfiri group.

According to sources, the Iraqi forces are planning to deploy heavy weaponry in the area as it gives them a more robust control over the positions of ISIL terrorists in the outskirts of Ramadi.

The allied forces have also recaptured the Anbar traffic police building in an area called Khamsa Kilometer near Ramadi. An army officer said ISIL terrorists were forced to withdraw from the building after a fierce fighting.

“The security forces today are tightening their stranglehold on Ramadi, from the traffic police building to the west, from the university to the south and from the other sides, too,” Anbar police chief Hadi Rzayej said.

The official added that explosive ordnance disposal teams were busy clearing the roads from bombs and checking buildings for potential booby traps.

Iraqi bomb disposal experts attempt to dismantle an explosive device on the road in al-Nibaie area, northwest of Baghdad, May 27, 2015. (© AFP)

Earlier in the day, Iraqi bombers pounded ISIL positions in west of Anbar, near the Syrian-Iraqi border.

Crushing defeat awaiting ISIL

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the volunteer forces contributing to the Anbar offensive said ISIL militants will experience a crushing defeat in the coming days as popular and tribal forces are successfully encircling them in their hideouts.

“Some surprising news will be released of the Anbar liberation offensive,” said Karim Nouri, adding that ISIL militants are leaving their positions around Ramadi as they are scared of facing off with volunteer and tribal forces.

Iraqi troops and local Popular Mobilization Units started their operation to retake Ramadi three days ago. Parts of the city fell into the hands of ISIL militants on May 17.

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