Iraqi security forces have foiled two separate attacks by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the central city of Fallujah.
According to reports on Thursday, the terrorists launched an offensive with two explosive-laden cars on a military base in northern Fallujah in the strategic province of Anbar.
The Takfiri elements also attacked another base in the south of the city, using four such vehicles.
Both of the attacks failed as the Iraqi military used anti-tank missiles to repel the terrorists.
The Iraqi army has enjoyed the support of Shia, Sunni and Kurdish volunteer fighters in operations against ISIL in the violence-wracked country over the past months.
It was June 2014 when ISIL started its campaign of terror in the northern and western parts of Iraq. The terrorists are notorious for perpetrating atrocious deeds and heinous crimes against civilians in the areas under their control.
The abortive raids on Thursday came a day after a VBIED (vehicle-born improvised explosive device) facility belonging to ISIL was targeted in the northern city of Hawijah.
According to an Iraqi colonel, the plant was “the biggest factory in Iraq and Syria” and included Humvees, tanks and large quantities of ammunition and explosives.
Call for aid
Meanwhile, Lise Grande, the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, called on the international community to raise $497 million in funds in a bid to prevent a humanitarian crisis in the Arab country.
“The crisis in Iraq is one of the most complex and volatile anywhere in the world,” she stated, warning that the world’s indifference would result in “catastrophic” consequences for millions of Iraqis.
“Humanitarian partners have been doing everything they can to help. But more than 50% of the operation will be shut down or cut back if money is not received immediately,” Grande added.