US-led coalition targets DAESH in Iraq's Ramadi

US-led coalition forces pound DAESH held positions in Iraq's Ramadi to help security forces against terrorists Iraqi military says

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes in support of the offensive.

The US-led coalition air forces bombed DAESH positions in Ramadi to help government soldiers to retake the Iraqi city and beat terrorists back from the key area, statement from the Iraqi military announced on Thursday.

Twenty seven air strikes have been carried out on DAESH positions.

Army officials stated on Wednesday that the clashes would last several days.

If the Iraqi forces succeed in their operation, Ramadi will be the second major city after Tikrit that they have retaken from DAESH.

Security forces did not advance on the ground Thursday morning, a local commander said, due the soldiers making sure to ensure the vicinity of the district retaken on Tuesday, is completely clear, according to Hay al Dhubbat TV.

The troops’ progress was slow on Wednesday, as they had to move carefully to avoid the booby traps that the DAESH terrorists left behind while retreating.

Iraqi intelligence estimates the number of DAESH fighters in Ramadi to be around 250 to 300.

Chief of the security committee in eastern Ramadi, Ibrahim al Fahdawi said around 50 families have fled the conflict in the region.

The Iraqi military asked residents of Ramadi to leave the city within 72 hours and suggested safe routes for them to take before the start of the operation.

The US-led coalition has been launching an aerial campaign against the terror group DAESH in Syria and Iraq since September 2014. United States, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are taking part in the coalition.

The terrorist group is controlling swathes of territory from western Iraqi to northeastern Syria.

TRTWorld and agencies