Monday, March 16, 2015

16 March 2015

In Ramadi, security forces have lifted the curfew they had imposed almost five days ago when the city was attacked by ISIL car-bombs and mortar fire. Life is back to normal in the city that is relatively calm, especially in the central residential districts and the public marketplaces. Food supplies have also reached the city center. However, there have been moderate clashes along the barricade line in the city's southern sector. There have also been Iraqi air strikes aimed at a number of house holding ISIL gunmen in the southernmost fringes of the city. A security source has confirmed that 5 gunmen have been killed by the airstrikes.
In the extreme northwest of the city there have also been clashes and Iraqi air strikes, and the sources report that at least 11 gunmen have been killed.

In Garma, security forces are continuing their sweeps of the areas they have liberated, especially in the areas separating the township from Fallujah. Clashes in the township's southwestern sector have killed at least 29 gunmen, according to Anbar Operations reports. ISIL positions are now fully surrounded by security forces.

In Fallujah, a General Hospital source has reported that 2 civilians have been killed and 7 wounded by the ongoing random bombardment exchanges between security forces on the city's perimeter snd the ISIL gunmen still holding the city. Iraqi air strikes have targeted a number of ISIL positions in the Sichir area of northernmost Fallujah. Seven gunmen were killed by the strikes.

In Baghdadi, the town is calm following the takeover of most of it by security forces. ISIL gunmen are still present in the rural areas across the river from the town. Mine and explosives clearing operations are underway. Some food aid has also reached the town's residents. In cooperation with their Haditha counterparts electricity workers are repairing towers, poles, and lines in the township.

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