The Iraqi government and its prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, have announced that its troops, backed by US air strikes, have driven Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) out of Ramadi, the capital of the country’s western province of Anbar.
US military spokesman Colonel Steven Warren revealed in a press statement that at least 630 air strikes had been launched against ISIS targets in Ramadi since July. More than 30 were carried out in the past week to support Iraqi troops as they pushed toward the main government complex in the city centre.
An Islamic State group leader with alleged ties to the terror attacks in Paris last month was among 10 ranking members of the militant group killed in recent weeks by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.
Col. Warren said US-led air strikes had killed nine other wanted Isil figures during the past month, including "several external attack planners, some of whom are linked to the Paris attacks".
Asked to quantify the effect the airstrikes have had on the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Warren said that battlefield successes of the US-backed Iraqi, Kurdish and militia forces showed the targeting of leadership was effective. "There's much more fighting to do", the officer was quoted to have said by the newspaper.
The pentagon spokesman has since released a drone video showing Iraqi forces raising the flag over the government centre, flaunting Iraqi forces recapturing Ramadi, an ISIS key government complex.
The US has been involved in air strikes in Syria since August 2014 as part of an worldwide coalition that seeks to end ISIS' domination of Syria and Iraq.
(Article courtesy of The Bell Ringer)
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