Iraq’s military, backed by volunteers, has launched a major operation against the Takfiri ISIL militants in the western province of al-Anbar.
The army operation, which was kicked off on Sunday morning in the city of Fallujah, is aimed at breaking a siege by the terrorists on hundreds of Iraqi troops there.
As many as 400 Iraqi soldiers have been surrounded by the ISIL militants in the Saqlawiyah district since earlier this week after they ran out of ammunition.
Over the past few weeks, the Iraqi forces have killed a large number of terrorists in their mop-up operations in the area.
According to Iraqi lawmaker, Foral al-Tamimi, government forces have succeeded in foiling a poisonous gas attack by the ISIL in residential areas of the eastern province of Diyala.
The army forces dismantled seven rockets filled with chlorine gas, which had reportedly been prepared to be launched against civilian compounds in the city of Muqdadiyah.
The ISIL terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.
Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.
The terrorist group has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.