Iraqi Army, Popular Forces Break ISIS Siege in Ramadi
Naim al-Akoud, a leader of Sunni Abu Nimer tribe, announced that 350 members of the tribe were freed in al-Sarsar region in Northern Ramadi, al-Anbar province, in Western Iraq.
He told al-Soumeriya news that the ISIS had surrounded these people but the fighters of Abu Nimer managed to release them during the operations last night.
The ISIS militant group had executed some 70 men from the anti-ISIS tribe in Iraq’s Western province of Anbar earlier this month.
“The ISIS kidnapped some 70 Abu Nimer tribesmen from Tharthar area in North of provincial capital city of Ramadi late on Sunday night, and killed them in the same area,” Leader of Abu Nimer tribe Shiekh Na’im al-Gaoud said.
All the executed were civilians whose fathers and brothers had joined the Iraqi army, police and popular forces to fight the ISIS group in the town of Barwana, near Haditha, some 200 km Northwest of Iraqi capital of Baghdad, Gaoud said.
Gaoud urged Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is also commander-in-chief of the Iraqi armed forces, to rapidly liberate the province from the militant group in order to spare the lives of his tribesmen.
In November 2014, the ISIS executed more than 400 Abu Nimer tribesmen. Dozens more were executed early this year across Anbar province.
The executions came as Iraqi security forces and allied Hashed Shaabi mobilized popular troops fought a months-long battle to retake key cities and towns in the largest province from the ISIS which seized most of Anbar and tried to advance toward Baghdad; FNA reported.