Iraqi Army Breaks Terrorists’ Defense Line in Fallujah, Wins Back New Areas
The Iraqi forces made gains in different parts of the city of Fallujah on Monday and broke ISIL’s front line by cutting Fallujah-Karama line of supply.
The Iraqi army and volunteer forces took back several areas in Fallujah city from ISIL control after breaking the siege of the Takfiri terrorists.
The army seized back al-Bu Hamud al-Aziz, al-Davieh al-Gharbieh and al-Mouleheh areas in the Northern parts of Fallujah.
Earlier today, the Iraqi army backed by the volunteer forces started massive operations to seize back Al-Anbar province from the control of the Takfiri terrorists.
“The large-scale operation of Iraq’s joint forces comprising army, volunteer forces, federal police and tribal forces kicked off early Monday,” Iraqi Defense Ministry Spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasoul said on Monday.
On Sunday, Brigadier General Rasoul confirmed that the country’s forces have surrounded the ISIL terrorists in the towns of Fallujah and Ramadi in Anbar province, where the army has opened a safe corridor for civilians before a planned assault to retake the territories.
“Iraqi joint forces are on the alert to liberate the embattled towns of Fallujah and Ramadi in Anbar, but no timeframe has been set yet,” Rasoul said
“The forces are considering the lives of civilians as thousands of innocents remain inside the towns,” he said in a statement, adding that a safe corridor has been opened for civilians to leave Ramadi.
Meanwhile, the Anbar Operations Command announced a similar safe corridor in Fallujah.
“The Falahat path in the Western part of Fallujah will be helpful for the people of Fallujah and the sub-district of Saqlawiyah to flee,” said Falih Issawi, a member of the Anbar provincial council.
Fallujah, 69 kilometers West of Baghdad, has been under the ISIL control since last summer. It has been besieged by the Iraqi Army.
The ISIL seized control of Ramadi in mid-May, sending Iraqi forces racing out of the city in a major loss.
A day after the ISIL’s advance on Ramadi, Iraqi Prime Minister Heider al-Abadi ordered forces not to abandon their positions across Anbar. There were fears the extremists could capture the entire vast Sunni province, which saw intense fighting after the 2003 US-led invasion of the country.