Wednesday, February 18, 2015

18 February 2015

A parliamentary and military delegation has arrived today at the Ayn al-Asad military base in Baghdadi. The town is still the scene of broad military operations in a number of its sectors and areas. The delegation, led by Hakim al-Zamili, chairman of the Security and Defense Committee, is to evaluate the military activity and to provide food aid, as well as to prepare new plans for taking total control of the area.

Meanwhile ISIL gunmen have blown up at least 40 homes belonging to police and army personnel, as well as a number of government buildings in Baghdadi. ISIL fighters have made some advances into the areas on the opposite bank of the Euphrates, but a number of sorties by coalition warplanes have - according to Anbar Operations sources - killed more than 30 gunmen in that area. The main residential quarter of Baghdadi that houses at least 1,000 families is still besieged by ISIL gunmen. The residents are calling for speedy action to save and rescue them.
Security forces have today raised the Iraqi flag over the Baghdadi Police HQ after killing the gunmen who had occupied it. Meanwhile, clashes and explosion are continuing in other parts of the township.

In Ramadi today, ISIL launched a new attempt to penetrate into the city from the southern sector. Several sorties by Iraqi and coalition aircraft have targeted the gunmen. Central districts in the city have been relatively calm today, but in the northeastern sector across the river clashes are continuing with security forces claiming that they have the initiative in the fighting.

In Fallujah, a medical source reported that 4 residents have been killed and 7 wounded by clashes and random mortar fire.
The clashes have spread into the Garma area, with some sorties by coalition warplanes targeting a number of positions in the township. Operations report that about 50 gunmen have been killed by the strikes.

In Haditha, there has been an ISIL attempt at capturing the main areas and roads connecting Baghdadi with Haditha, but security forces successfully repelled the attempt.

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