Iraqi forces lay siege on strategic town

Iraqi forces lay siege on strategic town
Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:54:57

Iraqi forces have laid siege on the central town of al-Karmah in Anbar province in preparation for a major offensive to liberate the strategic town from ISIL Takfiri terrorists, Press TV reports.

Senior security official said on Friday that the armed forces backed by the local tribesmen were tightening the noose around the ISIL terrorists in al-Karmah, which lies some 53 kilometers (33 miles) east of the provincial capital, Ramadi.

Sources say Iraqi forces have also managed to cut off all supply lines of arms and ammunition for the Takfiri terrorists trapped inside the troubled region.

Large contingents of security forces are now deployed on the outskirts of the town in order to mount a major operation.

Security experts say the liberation of al-Karmah will also pave the way for clearing the city of Fallujah of ISIL terrorists.

“It is an important advancement for Iraqi forces, volunteers and tribesmen,” Mohammad Naji, a commander of volunteer forces said.

Meanwhile, the commander of the Baghdad Operations Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir al-Shammari has said that recapture of Karma district will be important to security of the capital as well.

Also on Friday, Iraqi army forces killed three of the most prominent ISIL Takfiri terrorist commanders in the same volatile province.

The Iraqi Defense Ministry said the ISIL commanders were killed in an air strike carried out by the army in the city of Fallujah.

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

They recently managed to cleanse ISIL terrorists from most areas of the city of Tikrit, situated northwest of the capital, Baghdad, inflicting heavy losses.

ISIL 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.

The Takfiri extremists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have carried out heinous crimes in the two countries, including mass executions and the beheading of people.

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