Iraqi army to lauch major offensive against ISIL in Ramadi
Iran Press TV
Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:22AM
Iraqi armed forces have made preparations for the launch of a large-scale military operation in the city of Ramadi to flush out Takfiri ISIL militants.
Security sources said on Monday that the Iraqi army, backed by volunteers, would soon launch the massive operation to retake more areas from the militants across the troubled region.
As part of the preparations, security forces have imposed a curfew in Ramadi, which is in the western Anbar Province. Anbar is located near Syria's border and has been a major stronghold of the ISIL and other terrorist groups.
Also on Saturday, Iraqi Kurdish forces known as Peshmerga fighters reclaimed around 500 square kilometers of territory after launching a ground operation northwest of Mosul. The new gain cut ISIL's main supply line from the city to the west.
The ISIL started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country's Sunni Arab heartland.
The terrorists have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against all Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.
The Iraqi army, backed by pro-government tribes, Shia volunteers and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, has so far managed to make significant gains in the fight against the terrorists.
According to the United Nations, more than 1,100 people were killed and over 1,800 others wounded in terror attacks across the violence-torn Arab state last month, making December 2014 the deadliest month since 2008.
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