World Bulletin/News Desk
The Iraqi army has killed "dozens" of militants in a new offensive in the restive city of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, according to a top official.
"The Iraqi armed forces, with the help of local police and tribesmen, have unleashed a major operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the southern and central districts of the city," Rashid Falih, the top commander of Anbar's operations, told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.
"The operation has left dozens of the terrorist group's members killed," he said.
The commander said the operation will continue until the areas are "purged of all these terrorist elements."
Since last December, the Iraqi army has been mounting a major offensive in the Sunni-majority Anbar province with the stated aim of flushing militants – who Baghdad claims are linked to Al-Qaeda – out of the key cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.
Hundreds have been killed and injured in the two cities since, according to government officials.
Many local Sunni tribes have continued to voice anger over the operation's increasing civilian death toll.
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