Since 04:00 this morning, ISIL gunmen have attacked the southwestern residential compound of Baghdadi. They reached the outer walls of the compound where a number of gunmen detonated the suicide vests they were wearing. But while the attackers were infiltrating into the compound, security forces supported by tribal fighters within the compound succeeded in turning back the attackers, as Iraqi gun ships targeted number of vehicles used in the attack. At least 21 of the gunmen were killed, according to a statement by the 7th Division Commander at the Ayn al-Asad military base.
An Anbar Council source announced today the arrival of 80 U.S. military advisers at the Habbaniya Base; they are the first group of advisers who will be training the Iraqi security forces, particularly the Anbar volunteers of the People’s Mobilization fighters.
4 ISIL gunmen were killed in clashes in the eastern outskirts of Ramadi, between Al-Khalidiya to the east and Ramadi City. Military operations are continuing in eastern Ramadi. Iraqi air support has struck a number of sites in the various areas along the city’s perimeter.
Military operations are continuing in the assault on Garma Township, with security forces now in control of the southwestern sector of the township; fierce fighting is also continuing within the town, aand in the districts around its center.
In Fallujah, 4 residents are reported to have been killed and 9 wounded by the indiscriminate bombardment exchanges between security forces along the city’s perimeter and the ISIL gunmen who have been controlling the city for more than one year.
The humanitarian situation of the migrants sheltering in Amiriyat al-Fallujah and at the Bzaybiz Bridge remains unchanged, with many families sheltering in camps and in unfinished buildings, and still dealing with the severe food shortages and the lack of relief aid. They are calling for government action to provide them with the wherewithal to survive the approaching month of Ramadan.