Great Siege, ISIS Terrorists Trapped in Iraqi Militia

Great Siege, ISIS Terrorists Trapped in Iraqi Militia
Fri May 29, 2015 14:19:39

Secretary-General of the Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri announced that the Iraqi forces fighting against the ISIS terrorists in Anbar province in Western Iraq have seized back strategic Sarsar compound in Northern Ramadi.

"Al-Hashd al-Shabi (popular) forces and Iraqi security forces broke the siege of al-Sarsar compound to the North of Ramadi and freed 90 soldiers who were surrounded by the terrorists in there," the Iraqi Al-Sumeriya news website quoted Al-Ameri as saying.

The Iraqi forces started their operations to tighten their grip on Anbar province two days ago and the province is under army's siege from three different sides.

The latest developments came after the Iraqi army launched a major operation to take Anbar back from the terrorists.

The army soldiers, backed by Shiite and Sunni volunteer forces, began Anbar's operations early on Tuesday after a zero hour set by the country's Ministry of Defense reached its end.

The second phase of the Iraqi popular forces' operations codenamed Labaik Ya Rasoulollah 2 was kicked off on Monday to win back Northern Tikrit, capital of Salahuddin province, Southwest Samarra and Ramadi, capital of Anbar province.

"The second operation stretches towards Northern Tikrit to win back control of the remaining regions of the city and Southwest of Samarra; then the forces will head towards Ramadi," Ain al-Araq News website quoted a statement by Iraqi popular forces as saying.

On March 1, about 27,000 popular and security forces started the first phase of Labaik Ya Rasoulollah military operations from several angles to take control of Tikrit and its suburban regions. They purged 97 regions and villages of ISIS terrorists and then continued to take control of main district of Tikrit and the rest of Salahuddin province.

In late March, the Iraqi army, backed by Shiite and Sunni volunteer forces, made a final push against the ISIS terrorists in Tikrit, and managed to fully liberate the Northern city from the control of the Takfiri group.

Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and thousands of allied Shiite and Sunni militias have been involved in a month-long operation to recapture Tikrit and other key towns and villages in the Northern part of Salahuddin province from the ISIS militants.

On Sunday, Iraqi popular forces announced that they were working on a detailed plan to take back the city of Ramadi.

"This plan has two phases; first adopting a special tactic to prevent ISIS's sudden raid on specified areas, and secondly preparing for a massive attack to take back regions currently under ISIS's control," Iraqi Popular Forces Spokesman Karim al-Nouri told FNA.

Al-Nouri noted that the Iraqi popular forces are preparing for fresh military operations in Ramadi.

"The operations for regaining control of Al-Anbar is very similar to Salahuddin and Diyala mop-up operations, but with less complexity," he said.

On Saturday, the Iraqi army dispatched five regiments of its rapid reaction forces to Al-Habaniyah military base in Eastern al-Ramadi in Anbar province to intensify the attack on the ISIS.

"The rapid reaction forces will join other army units and popular forces from al-Habaniyah to Khalediya in the campaign against the ISIS terrorists," member of al-Anbar Governor's Office Azal al-Fahdavi said.

ISIS Takfiris have recently taken over parts of Ramadi.

Popular Mobilization forces have been deployed to the city to fight the Takfiris. The volunteer groups who have joined the Iraqi army, were dispatched to Anbar after Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on them to join the fight to drive Takfiri militants out of Ramadi.

The ISIS Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIS has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Zionist regime.

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