Erbil, Kurdistan Region – Subsequent to heavy fighting against the Iraqi, militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) took control of the government-held “regiment 28” of al-Karma, north of Baghdad on Tuesday evening.
The regiment was located near a bridge and a military base from which the Iraqi army and the Shiite militia of the Popular Mobilization Forces, launched attacks on IS strongholds in al-Karma, north of Baghdad.
Speaking to ARA News, local activists said that fierce clashes between Iraqi forces and IS insurgents began at the early hours of Tuesday in the vicinity of the “regiment 28” in the Ziraa Dijla area near the Nibai district.
The source added that IS militants were able to advance on the berm adjacent to the regiment and the al-Yabani Bridge, which was filled with explosives.
“The bridge exploded and led to mass destruction in many nearby residential houses,” the sources told ARA News.
ARA News could not verify the number of civilian casualties.
The Iraqi forces had taken the “regiment 28” as a base for their operations in al-Karma, northeast of Fallujah, as well as the al-Yabani Bridge which derived its importance from its location on the highway linking al-Ramadi with Fallujah and it was considered a major supply line for the Iraqi army and the Popular Mobilization Forces before IS militants bombard it on Tuesday.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yusuf
Source: ARA News
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