Tamil Diplomat

Iraq’s army storms centre of ISIL-held Ramadi

Iraq’s military fought its way into the center of a key ISIL-held city on Tuesday in a major operation to oust the armed group that seized control of Ramadi in May.

The attack on the capital of Anbar province began on Tuesday morning, a spokesman for the army’s counter-terrorism unit told AFP news agency.

“We went into the center of Ramadi from several fronts and we began purging residential areas. The city will be cleared in the coming 72 hours,” said Sabah al-Noman. “We did not face strong resistance, only snipers and suicide bombers and this is a tactic we expected.”

Ramadi is a crucial city in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and its capture by the group was seen as a major defeat, Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan reported.