In Ramadi, the Deputy Head of the Anbar Council announced that a broad military operation has been launched to retake control of the city’s outskirts, following the security forces’ success yesterday in taking control of the city’s southern and western sectors. Today’s operation was launched from the eastern and northern areas, from Khalidiya through Juwayba and eastern Husayba.
Also today, Iraqi and coalition aircraft launched a number of strikes targeting ISIL positions. Anbar Operations sources are reporting that local Ramadi residents are cooperating with security forces, and that at least 23 ISIL gunmen including some of their field commanders were killed in the air strikes.
Coalition warplanes have today launched massive air strikes against an ISIL convoy coming into Iraq from Syrian territory at the al-Qa’im border crossing. The convoy included more than 40 armored vehicles and some mobile military equipment. Sources are reporting that at least 100 gunmen were killed by the strikes.
Strikes were also carried out on the periphery of Haditha township that is still blockaded by ISIL gunmen. Meanwhile, reinforcements have arrived in Baghdadi.