19 ISIS militants killed in Iraqi army attacks near Ramadi

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An ISIS militant firing at an Iraqi army position in Beiji. File photo

ARA News

QAMISHLI – At least 19 militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed on Friday in renewed attacks by Iraqi army forces in Ramadi city of Anbar province.

Clashes broke out between ISIS fighters and Iraqi army troops in the Bwailiya and Jazeerat Jibba in western Ramadi subsequent to an attempt by the army to expel the militant group from the two districts.

“Subsequent to fierce clashes, our forces were able to make progress against Daesh terrorists in western Ramadi,” Iraqi army officer Muhammad Jassim said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

“At least 19 Daesh terrorists were killed and dozens more wounded in the clashes,” the source said, adding that five Iraqi soldiers were killed in Friday’s clashes. 

Jassim said that ISIS has intensified its offensives in northwestern Iraq, particularly in Haditha, in a bid to compensate its losses in Ramadi and other areas of Anbar province. 

In the meantime, the U.S.-led coalition carried out several airstrikes on ISIS fighting positions near the Sajariyah in eastern Ramadi, where two ISIS vehicles and several machine guns were destroyed.    

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh 

Source: ARA News

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