Iraqi Army Captures the 8th Brigade Base in Al-Ramadi Amid ISIS’ Failures at Samarra

Iraqi security forces make their way during a patrol looking for Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Ramadi April 9, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

On Sunday afternoon, the Iraqi Army and the popular committees staked their claim in the provincial capital of the Al-‘Anbar Governorate by recapturing the strategic 8th Brigade Base after intense firefights with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in Al-Ramadi’s western sector.

The Iraqi Army’s victory at the 8th Brigade Base was a monumental one, as this was the last site to fall to the ISIS terrorists before their complete withdrawal from this large provincial capital in Iraq’s western countryside.

With the capture of the 8th Brigade Base, the Iraqi Armed Forces have nearly encircled Al-Ramadi; this leaves the ISIS terrorists inside the city’s parameters in a tough predicament as they attempt to fend-off the swarming soldiers from the Iraqi Army and their popular committees.

East of Al-Ramadi, ISIS continued their full-scale offensive at the imperative city of Samarra in the Salahiddeen Governorate of central Iraq; however, they have yet to make any headway in this predominately Shi’i city, despite the intensity of their assault.

According to field reports from Samarra, ISIS attempted to break into the city for the fourth time this week, but they were met with powerful resistance from the Badr Brigades, who routed the encroaching terrorists before they could advance at any flank.

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