Iraqi army prepares for military operation in Ramadi
Iraqi forces have attempted to liberate the strategic city of Anbar since it was seized by Daesh in May. (AFP/File)
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Iraq’s army and volunteer forces have surrounded the central city of Ramadi from four directions, preparing to fully liberate it from Daesh terrorists.
The forces managed to close in on Ramadi, which is the capital of Anbar Province and is located some 110 kilometers (68 miles) west of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, after flushing the terrorists out of five areas and clearing out a military camp and a base formerly belonging to the army’s 8th Division, all located in the western part of the city.
Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Othman al-Ghanimi (seen below) said on Tuesday that the terrorist group had lost its footing in the province and was no longer capable of confronting Iraqi forces, citing Daesh’s recent moves to abandon its positions and weaponry and flee the battleground during engagement.
Daesh has overrun about a third of the country, where it is tyrannizing the civilian population. Ramadi fell to Daesh back in May. Operations to free the city were several times hampered by bad weather.
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