Security forces positioned on three fronts – northern, eastern, and western - around Ramadi have penetrated into certain parts of the city. The areas that had been under ISIL control in and around Sufiya and eastern Husayba. The forces are still engaged in clashes in Ramadi’s southern sector. Strict security measures have ben imposed following air strikes by Iraqi gun ships and coalition warplanes.
Also today, the People’s Mobilization militias have attacked ISIL positions and concentrations with rocket fire in the eastern and northern sectors. Security forces have also cleared a number of houses that had been booby-trapped by the gunmen and IED’s planted around Ramadi’s perimeter. Reinforcements from Habbaniya have also arrived and about 1,000 tribal fighters have graduated from their training courses.
The Anbar Police commander announced today that 1,700 security who had withdrawn from Ramadi have now reported back to their duties. Meanwhile, ISIL is still preventing residents from leaving the districts they are holding within Ramadi. Three Ramadi residents have been killed and 7 wounded by the bombardment of their central residential districts.
In Fallujah, the General Hospital announced today that 7 residents were killed and 9 wounded by the ongoing random bombardment exchanges between security forces along the city’s perimeter and the ISIL gunmen holding the city.