Fighting underway between Iraq forces, ISIL in Ramadi
Iran Press TV
Sat Nov 29, 2014 3:58PM GMT
Iraqi armed forces, backed by tribal fighters, are engaged in clashes with the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group in the capital city of Iraq's western province of Anbar.
An unnamed police major said on Saturday that fierce fighting between security forces and tribal units, on the one side, and ISIL militants, on the other, "is taking place in the al-Hoz, Muallimin and Bakr neighborhoods" in the city of Ramadi.
"The clashes have been going on for several hours," he added, without referring to the possible number of casualties in the clashes.
The Takfiri ISIL terrorists took control of al-Hoz district in the south of Ramadi during the past week of fighting in the city, which is located on the Euphrates 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad.
Sheikh Omar al-Alwani, the leader of one of the Sunni tribes fighting the ISIL alongside the government forces in Anbar, said the army and its allied fighters have control over the entrances to al-Hoz.
He noted that with the help of the army, the Sunni fighters "can claim back the entire neighborhood soon," adding that Iraqi airstrikes have already ruined ISIL sniper positions and armored vehicles.
According to police and army officers, a partial curfew has been in place in Ramadi and reinforcements have been sent to protect the main government compound in the city.
Anbar Province, which borders conflict-ravaged Syria, has been a major stronghold of the ISIL militants and continues to be largely controlled by the terrorists.
The ISIL militants control large areas across northern and western Iraq as well as eastern Syria. The militants have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.
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