Tamil Diplomat

Ramadi: Series of IS counterattacks target Iraqi forces

Fighters from so-called Islamic State (IS) have continued to pursue counterattacks on the edges of Ramadi a week after the city was recaptured by Iraqi troops. Most of the attacks were outside central Ramadi to the north and east, spokesman for the US-led coalition, Col Steve Warren, told the AFP news agency.

He said Iraqi government forces had so far successfully repelled every attack. On Friday the group attacked a military base near the city. The Iraqi government said a week ago that it had liberated Ramadi from IS. The jihadist group had held the city since May.

Col Warren said they had not yet seen IS “mass enough combat power to move Iraq off their positions” (BBC News, 2015).