Iraq Army Cleans Out Pockets of Islamist Insurgency North of Ramadi

A member of the Iraqi security forces holds an Iraqi flag at a government complex in the city of Ramadi.


Iraqi police and armed forces have eliminated two pockets of Islamist resistance north of Ramadi in the western Anbar province, an operations commander said Friday.

Maj. Gen. Ismail Mahlawi, in charge of Anbar operations, told the local Alsumaria television that Iraqi security forces and anti-terror units killed many Daesh fighters with international air support.Iraqi troops launched a large-scale offensive against Daesh militants last summer. In December 2015, they drove Islamists out of the Anbar provincial capital Ramadi, in preparation for the operation to recapture Daesh stronghold Fallujah.

Daesh is a designated terrorist group that is outlawed in the United States, Russia and numerous other countries worldwide.

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