U.S. Bombers Wish ISIS A Merry Christmas With 17 Airstrikes And Iraq Liberates Key City From Daesh
It has not been a very merry past week for ISIS. The sinister terrorist group got their shit kicked in following U.S. airstrikes and lost control of a city in Iraq.
Iraqi army declared their first major victory over Islamic State after recapturing the city of Ramadi. The key city is the capital of mainly Sunni-Muslim Anbar province in the Euphrates River valley west of Baghdad.
Iraqi troops had been encircling the city for weeks, then last week they launched a campaign to retake the city. On Sunday, Iraqis had seized the central administration complex. It took longer than expect though because many of the buildings were booby-trapped.
“The area of al-Hos which is near to the governmental buildings has been liberated from ISIS. Our forces are now 200 meters away from the governmental complex,” said Major Marwan Yasan, Commander of the Defense and Duties regiment.
The retaking of the city was the first major triumph for the U.S.-trained Iraqi force. However, much of the city seems to be devastated, with large portions decimated to piles of rubble.
Officials did not give any immediate death tolls for the battle. The Iraqi government said that most civilians were able to evacuate before the assault was launched.
Daesh seized Ramadi in May after Iraqi troops fled the city, leaving fleets of Humvees and other American weapons in the fighters’ hands.
After the liberation of Ramadi, now the Iraqi military will take aim on the northern city of Mosul, by far the largest populated urban area controlled by Daesh in either Iraq or Syria with a pre-war population close to 2 million.
Recapturing Mosul is so important for Iraq because it “would effectively abolish their state structure in Iraq and deprive them of a major source of funding, which comes partly from oil and partly from fees and taxes on residents.”