Islamic State launches major offensive on key Iraqi city

Islamic State launches major offensive on key Iraqi city

PanARMENIAN.Net - Forces of the Islamic State group have launched a surprise offensive on a key city in eastern Anbar province in Iraq. The terrorist group reportedly breached the city’s defenses, entering it and taking hostages, Al-Masdar News reports.

According to Iraqi sources, IS militants launched a major assault on the city of Ramadi (about 100 kilometers west of Baghdad) this morning catching Iraqi security forces off-guard.

Sources say that IS mustered at least twenty pickups trucks armed with heavy weapons for the offensive.

Jihadist militants entered the Ramadi, taking control of the al-Tash and al-Jamea university areas of the city and took hostages.

In any case, Iraqi security forces claim to have since launched a successful counter-attack that saw them retake these areas of Ramadi and kill twenty Islamic State fighters in the process.

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