[/size]Iraqi army and Hashd al-Shaabi progress in Anbar Province
Basnews views 30.05.2015 17:19
Iraqi forces retook an area west of Ramadi on Saturday as they pressed their operation aimed at sealing off Islamic State (IS) militants who captured the city two weeks ago, commanders said.
“The Iraqi army and Hashd al-Shaabi liberated the Anbar traffic police building in an area 5km west of Ramadi after a fierce fight,” an army officer said.
“The battle forced IS to withdraw from the building, which they had used as a base, and pull back into Ramadi city,” the officer told AFP.
Iraq forces have launched wide operations aimed at severing the supply lines of the jihadists who control most of Anbar, a vast Sunni province in western Iraq of which Ramadi is the capital.
“The security forces today are tightening their stranglehold on Ramadi, from the traffic police building to the west, from the university to the south and from the other sides too,” Anbar police chief Hadi Rzayej said.
The jihadists seized Ramadi on May 17th, using an unprecedented wave of suicide vehicle-borne bomb attacks to force a retreat from the forces that had managed to hold some positions in the city for more than a year.