In Ramadi, a curfew has been imposed on the whole city as from 12:00 noon today. This was prompted, according to Anbar Operations sources, by reports that ISIL is planning an attack on the city’s central and northeastern districts using car-bombs. Another reason for the curfew has been the launch of a military operation in northeastern Ramadi’s Shjariya town. Security forces have encircled the town and have launched a three-pronged attack, from the north, the east, and the south against the town where major reinforcements have been deployed. Anbar Operations sources are reporting a mass withdrawal of the ISIL gunmen from Shjariya, toward the opposite banks of the Euphrates. Six booby-trapped homes have been cleared in the town, and roadside explosives along the roads into the town have also been cleared.
A Fast Response Force officer has announced that the security forces have advanced and liberated a number of areas in southern Ramadi’s Hawz district, killing a number of gunmen. Meanwhile two security regiments have arrived from Baghdad: one has been deployed in westernmost Ramadi, and the second in the city’s northern sector. These reinforcements and the arrival of large quantities of supplies and equipment are expected to bolster the major operation that will deal with most of Anbar Province.
Clashes are continuing in the easternmost sector of Ramadi in the areas between the city and the ‘Japanese’ Bridge and on toward Garma whose center is still surrounded by security forces.
In Fallujah, a General Hospital source has announced that 2 residents have been killed and 7 wounded by the continuing random bombardment exchanges between security forces on the city’s perimeter and the ISIL gunmen still holding the city.
In Amiriyat al-Fallujah, the curfew has been lifted today and the situation is ‘normal’ and there has not been any incoming mortar fire.