EXCLUSIVE: Iraqi Forces Take Control of Vast Areas in Anbar Province
The Iraqi forces took back Al-Tamim, Al-Tash and Al-Hamira regions five kilometers to the East of Ramadi as well as Anbar University seven kilometers to the Southwest of the city.
The tribal forces also freed hundreds of residents and Iraqi soldiers who had been deployed in al-Sar Sar and Japanese bridge regions and had been sent into incarceration in Al-Anbar University after being captured by the ISIL in Ramadi.
The Iraqi troops also seized back Ameri region to the South of Fallujah and a major part of Al-Karameh region in the Northwest.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that the Iraqi forces were very close to Ramadi city center.
The Iraqi forces are now only three kilometers away from Ramadi city center and they have taken control of ISIL military base in the city, FNA dispatches said earlier today.
“The militants were forced to withdraw from the military base after we attacked them from the Western side of Ramadi,” the Arabic-language As-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper quoted Al-Anbar Police Chief Hadi Razih as saying on Sunday.
On Saturday, the Iraqi forces made gains in their major offensive against the terrorist group.
Latest reports coming out of the city suggest that the army troops closed in on the city from three directions early on Saturday, laying a siege on the Takfiri group.
This is while the Iraqi forces also tightened their noose around the terrorists in the Northern Tharthar district.
The latest developments came after Iraq’s Ministry of Defense issued a statement on Saturday, saying that the army troops claimed the lives of 45 ISIL terrorists in Western Baghdad after storming the terrorists’ hideouts.
Also on Saturday, the Iraqi army inflicted major losses on the ISIL terrorists in the Western Anbar province and recaptured a key district near Ramadi from the grip of the Takfiri terrorists.