Iraqi government forces, backed by local tribesmen, have launched an operation to liberate a major district east of the central city of Ramadi in Iraq’s western province of al-Anbar from the Takfiri ISIL militants, Press TV reports.
On Saturday, Iraqi forces conducted an offensive to take full control of Sijariya neighborhood in the east of Ramadi, which is located about 110 kilometers (68 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad. The Sijariya area fell into the hands of the ISIL terrorists on Friday.
The ISIL members mounted their latest assault on Ramadi on Thursday night. The center of the city reportedly remains under the Iraqi government’s control, but neighborhoods around the city have been captured by the ISIL militants.
The ISIL terrorists have executed tens of members of a Sunni tribe during their assault on Ramadi.
Anbar Province, which borders war-ravaged Syria, has been a major stronghold of the Takfiri ISIL militants, and continues to be largely controlled by the terror group.
The ISIL launched an offensive in June and took control of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, before sweeping through much of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland. The extremist group has threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians during its advances in the violence-torn Arab state.