Military operations are continuing in most parts of Ramadi. In Sufiya, east of Ramadi, fierce clashes have enabled the security forces to seize some areas, but the biggest part is still under ISIL control; gunmen have booby-trapped the main roads and most of the buildings in the area.
Clashes have spread into central Ramadi, with Anbar Council reporting yet again that the city center is on the verge of falling unless military reinforcements and supplies are deployed to the city, especially as the ISIL gunmen are in control of the city’s western and southern sectors, as well as the northern Bu-Farraj area. Iraqi gun ships have carried out strikes on the southern sector of the city.
A number of mortar rounds have today struck the residential districts held by security forces.
An Anbar Council member, Adnan Ubaid Dhahi, announced today that the Council, the Prime Minister, and the U.S. have agreed to the participation of the Peoples’ Militias in the fighting to liberate Anbar Province, provided that they are under the command of the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, the Prime Minister Hayder Abadi.
Militia fighters have taken part in the fighting in Garma.
In Fallujah, the General Hospital announced today that 3 residents have been killed and 5 wounded by the random bombardment exchanges between security sources surrounding the city that is still being held by ISIL gunmen.