Iraqi prime minister orders further air support for Anbar
Iran Press TV
Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:29PM GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has ordered further air support for army troops and local tribesmen battling ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the western province of Anbar.
Al-Abadi issued the orders following a meeting with a delegation from the Anbar province in Baghdad on Saturday.
The premier 'ordered to provide extensive air support to Anbar, arm its sons, support and reinforce the armed forces in the province,' read a statement from his office.
Tribal volunteer forces fighting alongside the Iraq army against ISIL terrorists in the Anbar province had earlier demanded more air support.
'He assured that military operations will go on until the province is cleared, until the situation is stable and security and stability prevail,' the statement read.
On Friday, Iraqi security officials said the ISIL Takfiri militants had mounted a major offensive on the central city of Ramadi as the terrorists seek to gain ground in the troubled Anbar.
The center of Ramadi has remained under the Iraqi government's control, but neighborhoods around the city have been captured by the militants.
Anbar province, which borders war-ravaged Syria, has been a major stronghold of the ISIL elements and continues to be largely controlled by the terror group.
The ISIL terrorists also control large areas of Syria. The group first sent its militants into Iraq in June, seizing large parts of land along the border between the two countries.
They have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations and crucifixions, against Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.
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