Security forces have carried out an expanded operation in the Sufiya area east of Ramadi; sources have just reported that the forces have made significant advances toward the town center. Iraqi gun-ships and coalition warplanes have also struck positions within the town that is considered the eastern access route to Ramadi.
Security forces have also today taken control of two more districts in central Ramadi. Coalition warplanes today carried out a number of sorties in the Bu-Farraj area north of Ramadi. An Anbar Operations source has confirmed that at least 55 ISIL gunmen were killed in the areas around Bu-Farraj. Meanwhile, security forces supported by tribal fighters have taken control of the adjacent Bu-Dhiab area.
The Anbar governor has announced today that a center has been set at the Habbaniya base to receive tribal volunteers from Ramadi and from the tribes fighting ISIL in western Anbar.
In Fallujah, a General Hospital source has confirmed that 6 residents have been killed and 11 wounded by the ongoing random bombardment exchanges between the security forces along the city’s perimeter and the ISIL gunmen holding the city.