The Iraqi army made advances against the ISIS terrorists in the Eastern parts of Ramadi, and took over 60 percent of al-Sajjaria region back from the terrorist group, informed sources announced on Tuesday.
“The security forces managed to seize back over 60 percent of al-Sajjaria in the Eastern parts of Ramadi,” an informed source in Al-Anbar Provincial Command Center said on Tuesday.
The military source reiterated that the Iraqi security forces backed by popular and tribal forces in an operation codenamed Labaik Ya Iraq regained control of many areas in Eastern Ramadi, including 60 percent of al-Sajjaria area.
The second phase of the Iraqi popular forces’ operations codenamed Labaik Ya Rasoulollah 2 was kicked off last Monday to win back Northern Tikrit, capital of Salahuddin province, Southwest Samarra and Ramadi, capital of Anbar province.
“The second operation stretches towards Northern Tikrit to win back control of the remaining regions of the city and Southwest of Samarra; then the forces will head towards Ramadi,” Ain al-Araq News website quoted a statement by Iraqi popular forces as saying.
On Sunday, the Iraqi army, backed by the Shiite and Sunni volunteer forces, managed to seize back several strategic regions in the neighborhood of the city of Ramadi.
The Iraqi forces took back Al-Tamim, Al-Tash and Al-Hamira regions five kilometers to the East of Ramadi as well as Anbar University seven kilometers to the Southwest of the city.
The tribal forces also freed hundreds of residents and Iraqi soldiers who had been deployed in al-Sar Sar and Japanese bridge regions and had been sent into incarceration in Al-Anbar University after being captured by the ISIS in Ramadi.
The Iraqi troops also seized back Ameri region to the South of Fallujah and a major part of Al-Karameh region in the Northwest.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that the Iraqi forces were very close to Ramadi city center.
The Iraqi forces are now only three kilometers away from Ramadi city center and they have taken control of ISIS military base in the city.
“The militants were forced to withdraw from the military base after we attacked them from the Western side of Ramadi,” the Arabic-language As-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper quoted Al-Anbar Police Chief Hadi Razih as saying.