ISIS Seizes Government HQ in Iraq's Ramadi

ISIS Nearly Take Full Control Over Anbar's Capital

ISIS Nearly Take Full Control Over Anbar's Capital
Fri May 15, 2015 17:52:32

ISIS terrorists took over the main government compound in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Friday, giving them nearly full control over Anbar's provincial capital, the group and officials said.

The ISIS terrorists seized the government complex at around 2:00 pm and raised the ISIS black flag, capping an offensive launched on Thursday, a police officer told AFP.

ISIS "now occupies the government centre in Ramadi and has also raised its flag over the police HQ for Anbar," the police major told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The group itself issued a statement in which it said its fighters "broke into the "Safavid government" complex in the centre of Ramadi."

The operation "resulted in the control of it after killing the 'murtadeen', then blowing up the adjacent buildings of Anbar's governorate and the Safavid Anbar police HQ."

Safavid is a term used by ISIS in a derogatory way to refer to government forces and "murtadeen" designates Sunni tribal fighters battling alongside the government.

A senior tribal leader in charge of the coordination of local fighters with regular government forces also confirmed the government complex had fallen.

"Daesh has managed to take over the provincial council and they have raised their flag," Sheikh Hekmat Suleiman told AFP by phone.

"The only (government) forces still fighting are confined to a few pockets in Ramadi but they have no command post anymore," he said.

On the other hand, Iraqi local news site report that the security forces (SWAT) along with the Golden Division elements, have arrived on Friday morning to al-Mujamma area, in Ramadi of Anbar province.

Security source stated to Alforat News Agency" a heavy fighting is taking place between (SWAT) along with the Golden Division from one side , and the terrorists of the so called the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant ."

The source assured the Iraqi security forces determined to eliminate all of the ISIL terrorists in Ramadi city.
AFP  151226 GMT MAY 15

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