Iraqi forces have continued to make gains on Islamic State targets in Ramadi, the capital of mainly Sunni-Muslim Anbar province. Nathan Frandino reports.
The battle for control of Ramadi
The battle for control of Ramadi rages on in Iraq.
These Iraqi forces are waging the ground war against Islamic State.
They’re being assisted by U.S.-led coalition air strikes.
A local commander there says they’re making progress.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) COMMANDER OF RAPID DEPLOYMENT BRIGADE, BRIGADIER GENERAL MAHDI ABAS, SAYING:
“Our troops advanced toward the enemy’s positions to strike hideouts of the terrorist Islamic State group. They made a successful advance and fully destroyed their hideouts.”
IS captured Ramadi last year, prompting Washington to take a hard look at its strategy against the group.
And now that Iraqi forces retook the city last month, they’re on a mission to keep IS from returning.