Iraqi armed forces have successfully repelled an attack by ISIL Takfiri militants on a government complex in Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, Press TV reports.
Over the past weeks, the ISIL militants have made numerous attempts to take control of the government complex in Ramadi, but they have failed to do so amid stiff resistance by Iraqi soldiers and volunteer forces.
Anbar province, which borders conflict-ravaged Syria, has been a major stronghold of the ISIL militants and continues to be largely controlled by the terrorists.
Iraqi troops are engaged in fierce battles with the ISIL extremists to liberate the violence-torn province.
Elsewhere on the battlefield, Iraqi government forces managed to kill several militants after they thwarted an ISIL attack on the town of Balad in the restive Salahuddin province.
According to Iraqi soldiers, the army troops managed to destroy a number of vehicles belonging to the ISIL terrorists in Balad located south of Tikrit. The militants were forced to flee the town, but they had to abandon their weapons and ammunition before leaving the liberated areas.
“There is a huge advance in the military operations. The Iraq army is attacking militants on several fronts. Diyala is totally liberated and Iraqi forces advanced towards Tikrit and Baiji. This is all due to the strategies which prove that the Iraqi forces are on the right track,” said Ahmad Fally from Iraq’s Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP).
Analysts say the battle in Salahuddin will be over soon after the liberation of Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala last month. However, the army operations in Anbar may take some time.
Iraqi army soldiers have pledged to make more gains in their battle against the extremist group, which has large swathes of land under control in Iraq and Syria.
The ISIL militants have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.