Anbar under ISIS siege

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ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – On Friday, militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) imposed a siege form all directions on the Iraqi city of Ramadi (120 km west of Baghdad) and started approaching the government complex in central Anbar.

A member of the Provincial Council of Anbar, Amal Fahdawi, said that the IS group besieged Ramadi and engaged in fierce battles with the Iraqi security forces and tribesmen, adding that the group seized control of the eastern part of Ramadi after the withdrawal of Iraqi forces.

“Military reinforcements and weapons that arrived in the province are not enough to thwart the IS terrorist attacks and defend the city,” she added. 

“The government should seriously deal with the battle for Anbar and work to support the security forces and tribesmen for the liberation of the province from the hands of the hardline group,” Fahdawi said in a statement to local reporters.

Speaking to ARA News in Anbar, tribe leader Abdul Razzaq al-Naimi said that the Islamic State launched Thursday a fierce attack on several military centers of Iraqi forces, on the main road linking districts of the Heet and al-Baghdadi in Anbar province. 

“The terrorists used car bombs during the attacks, which has forced the Iraqi forces to leave their headquarters. Afterwards, the IS took control of the Majid checkpoint and all the extended military locations between the village and Nueam and Majid checkpoint in Anbar province,” al-Naimi said.  

The recent IS-led attacks have forced tens of thousands of Iraqi families to flee Anbar province toward the capital Baghdad, after the escape and decline of the Iraqi security forces from these areas. 

 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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