World Bulletin / News Desk
Iraqi security forces backed by pro-government militias have wrested control of roughly half of Ramadi city in Iraq’s central Anbar province from ISIL, a local security official said Tuesday.
"Iraqi forces have liberated northern Ramadi’s Albo-Risha and Albo-Jassem areas and parts of Albo-Farraj and Al-Itesam," Rajee Barakat, a member of the Anbar provincial council’s security committee, said.
"Another force has taken control of Al-Ankour, Al-Tash, Al-Homeira and Al-Jameea in the southern part of the city," Barakat told Anadolu Agency.
"Additional forces have seized control of two areas in western Ramadi, while other forces seized Al-Madiq and parts of the Hoseiba area in eastern Ramadi," he added.
Barakat went on to note that a number of ISIL militants were currently besieged in a government complex located in the city’s center.
On Monday, Sabah Karhot, head of Anbar’s provincial council, said that Iraqi counterterrorism forces had also "liberated" a major judicial complex just north of Ramadi.
The Iraqi army’s media wing on Friday reported that security forces had begun an extensive operation -- launched along three separate axes -- aimed at retaking Ramadi from ISIL, which captured the city in May of this year.
Despite recent setbacks sustained by the militant group, especially in Iraq’s eastern Diyala province and the northern Nineveh and Saladin provinces, ISIL has remained in control of most cities in Anbar -- of which Ramadi is the provincial capital -- since early last year.Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Kasım 2015, 14:03