By Tuesday afternoon, government forces had Ramadi-Iraqi-forces-retake-Tamim.html”>retaken the al-Thubat and al-Aramil districts, and entered nearby al-Malaab and Bakir, the sources said.
In the northern parts of the city, 14 members of security forces and volunteer fighters lost their lives in a bomb blast carried out by the Takfiri militants.
Iraqi intelligence believes there are between 250 and 300 IS terrorists in the center of Ramadi.
Warren said ISIL appears to be trying to hide information regarding the “recent string of defeats” as the United States and its partners kill ISIL leaders, increase the security capacity of regional partners, and strike the terrorists “across the battlefield and all of their formation”. “There are still many civilians in the city”.
Noting the authenticity of the documents, Warren said: “The fighters in this order are directed to film their actions, distribute the videos, and to do all this in order to discredit both the ISF and the government of Iraq”.
Ramadi residents told CNN earlier this month that leaving the city wasn’t easy, because ISIS had set up checkpoints to prevent people from leaving.
A spokesman for the Counter-Terrorism Service, Sabah al-Numani, said troops and militiamen, supported by the air force, were making good progress.
The Iraqi army used an “improved ribbon bridge” provided by the USA military that allows Iraqi infantry units to cross the Tharthar Canal and move vehicles and combat equipment into the dense urban areas that Islamic State militants have controlled since May, Warren said. The official added that the suburb of Bakir had been “completely devastated” from airstrikes and shelling. In November, Kurdish and Yadizi forces pushed militants out of Sinjar, which had been under Islamic State control since August 2014.
On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi reiterated his reluctance to allow US ground troops to join the fight.
Ramadi, like the rest of Anbar province, is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim, the minority community that complains of discrimination by the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.
Sources in the Iraqi military’s Anbar Operations Command told the BBC that engineers had built temporary bridges over the River Euphrates, which flows along the north and west of the city centre. But there were concerns about whether that was possible, as Islamic State fighters attempted to use families as human shields.
Retaking Ramadi would offer a much-needed boost to Iraqi forces’ morale, which has suffered since the militant group took over territories across Iraq and Syria in an astonishing military offensive. Mona Boshnaq contributed reporting from London, Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt from Washington and an employee of The New York Times from Anbar Province, Iraq.
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