Image showing bombardment of Ramadi during operations by the Iraqi army to retake the city last week. File photo
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ERBIL – Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Sunday launched an offensive on headquarters of the Iraqi army in Ramadi, capital of the Anbar province.
Iraqi army said in a statement that ISIS militants bombed its headquarters in northern Ramadi, causing heavy losses in its ranks.
Dozens of Iraqi forces were killed and injured when a number of ISIS jihadists launched simultaneous suicide attacks on the army base of the 10th Brigade in the northern suburb of Ramadi.
This comes just few days after the Iraqi army announced recapturing Ramadi and expelling ISIS fighters from the city.
The Iraqi army units in Ramadi have called for reinforcements after suffering heavy losses in ISIS’s attacks on Sunday.
Also on Sunday, the militant group attacked the Spiker army base near Tikrit and positions of the Iraqi forces in Barawna sub-district in Haditha. ISIS launched dozens of mortar shells at the Iraqi forces, causing casualties and destruction of heavy weapons.
The Iraqi army has not revealed its death toll in Sunday’s attacks.
On Friday, ISIS militants attacked headquarters of the Iraqi army in Ramadi with three car bomb attacks, and burned several military vehicles. At least 20 Iraqi forces were killed, informed local sources told ARA News.
Militants of the Islamic State were also able to cut off a main supply line for the Iraqi army in central Ramadi on Friday, after taking over the Artillery Brigade’s military base near the Bouathia district.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News