Iraqi forces repel ISIL attack in Anbar Province
Iran Press TV
Sat Jun 6, 2015 12:55PM
Iraqi security forces have foiled a terrorist attack by the ISIL Takfiri militants in the strategic western province of Anbar.
According to an unnamed Iraqi army colonel, the Takfiri elements launched an offensive with explosive-laden vehicles on the Nadhim al-Taqsim area north of the key city of Fallujah on Saturday.
The Iraqi forces destroyed two of the terrorists' vehicles using anti-tank guided missiles, while another was targeted by an Iraqi airstrike, the colonel added.
Iraqi troops also managed to foil similar attacks on June 4 on two military bases in Fallujah.
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.
IMF's financial aid
Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced on Friday that it plans to provide Iraq with USD 833 million under the body's Rapid Financing Instrument program in a bid to help the violence-wracked country in its battle against ISIL.
"The Fund is ready to assist Iraq in its efforts to tackle the economic impact of the conflict with ISIS (ISIL) and the decline in global oil prices," read the IMF's statement.
The program, which requires the approval of the IMF's management in order to be implemented, will seek to address the dire humanitarian condition in the Arab country.
"The armed conflict continues to strain the country's resources and has created a humanitarian tragedy, with an estimated three million internally displaced people. The violence has also caused extensive damage to infrastructure and private sector assets," the statement added.
The IMF also predicted that Iraq's economy will grow by only 0.5 percent this year. The Iraqi economy contracted by 2.1 percent in 2014 "mainly because of the violence," the financial organization stated.
|Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list|