Iraqi forces seize city of Ramadi from Daesh

Published April 16th, 2015 - 03:03 GMT

Iraqi forces have taken full control of the western city of Ramadi from Daesh militants, in what could be seen as a major blow to Daesh members operating in the Arab country.

A spokesman for Iraq’s Joint Operation Command on Thursday announced the full liberation of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar province.

General Sa’ad Ma’an said the Iraqi forces have driven the Daesh out of Ramadi and the city is currently under the full control of government forces.  

However, fierce clashes still continue on the outskirts of the city where Daesh seized several villages earlier in the day, including Sofia, Abukhalifa and Sor. Two nearby districts of Bu Mahalat and Bu Sowda have been also captured by the Daesh militants.

The Iraqi army has vowed no halt in the operation as it is poised  to push Daesh out of the nearby villages in order to secure the army’s positions inside the city.

Press TV correspondent Rahshan Saglam said the Iraqi forces also secured the road between Sijariah and Sofia, a strategic connection between the Anbar province and the Jordanian and Syrian borders. The road was used by Daesh militants to get reinforcements from Takfiris inside Syria.

Fierce clashes broke out between Iraqi government troops and the Daesh militants holed in the al-Boghanim area. At least six Iraqi security forces and civilians were killed in Thursday’s battles, with dozens of others wounded.

The liberation of Ramadi comes against the backdrop of major gains by Iraqi government against Daesh over the past months. The Iraqi forces managed to fully recapture the northern city of Tikrit from the Daesh militants at the end of March. The victory in Tikrit is viewed as a prelude to the Iraqi army’s most-anticipated offensive into the city of Mosul, a major stronghold for the terrorists in north Iraq.

Daesh started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of the country’s northern city of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.  

Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen have succeeded in driving the Daesh militants out of some areas in Iraq.  

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