Iraqi soldiers are seen in the vicinity of Anbar during an anti-SIIS raid. File photo
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ERBIL – Clashes broke out on Friday between militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) and Iraqi army forces in the city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province.
This comes just few days after the Iraqi army announced recapturing Ramadi and expelling ISIS fighters from the city.
At least 20 Iraqi forces were reportedly killed in Friday’s clashes, informed local sources told ARA News.
“ISIS militants attacked headquarters of the Iraqi army in northern Ramadi with three car bomb attacks, and burned several military vehicles,” a local tribal leader said.
“Subsequent to the attack, fierce clashes took place between the militants and army forces. The bodies of 20 Iraqi soldiers were found in the clashes’ location,” the source confirmed.
In the meantime, ISIS seized control of the Burisha brigade in northwestern Ramadi on Friday evening, forcing the Iraqi forces to retreat towards the south.
Also on Friday, sporadic clashes took place between the two sides in the Humairah district in southern Ramadi, where ISIS shelled a security center for the Iraqi police and bombed three police vehicles.
Militants of the Islamic State were eventually able to cut off a main supply line for the Iraqi army in central Ramadi, after taking over the Artillery Brigade’s military base near the Bouathia district.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News