Iraq Forces Pounding ISIL Militants Near Ramadi


The Iraqi army along with forces belonging to Popular Mobilization Units have inflicted heavy losses on the ISIL Takfiri group as Baghdad starts a massive operation to liberate the restive province of al-Anbar.

According to an Iraqi army officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, the joint Iraqi forces stormed the positions of the Takfiri group near the provincial capital of Ramadi.


“The Iraqi army and the Hashed al-Shaabi are pounding IS (ISIL) positions with rockets and mortar rounds east, west and south of Ramadi,” the army officer said.

Another Iraqi officer said the joint forces are advancing on the city from three main axes.

Iraqi authorities announced the start of the major operation to “liberate Anbar” on Monday, with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi saying that he will announce the news of liberation of the province soon.

“The heroes of our armed forces, police, al-Hashd al-Shaabi volunteers and tribal fighters will announce the news of victory of Anbar liberation soon, God willing,” the office of the Iraqi premier said in a statement.

Ahmed al-Asadi, the spokesman for al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces, said on Tuesday that the joint forces have liberated a number of areas including the village of Tahouna on the outskirts of the city of Fallujah in َAnbar.

Iraqi security forces backed by al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces “managed to liberate the areas of Shihabi, al-bujasm, al-Halabsa and other areas in the north of Saqlawiyah,” Asadi said.

Iraqi forces managed to kill scores of militants belonging to the ISIL Takfiri group in the district of al-Baghdadi in Anbar on Monday.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Takfiri ISIL militants began their march through Iraqi territory in June 2014.

The heavily-armed terrorists took control of the city of Mosul, north of the capital Baghdad, before sweeping through parts of the country’s heartland.

 A new report released by the United Nations shows that terrorism and armed conflict have left nearly 15,000 civilians dead and twice as many wounded in Iraq since the start of 2014 as the conflict-stricken Arab country continues to battle the Takfiri ISIL militants.


Iraq welcomes Iran nuclear agreement as catalyst for regional stability

On the other hand, spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi underlined that the nuclear sum-up agreement signed Tuesday between Iran and world powers in Vienna will be "a catalyst for regional stability".

Saad al-Hadithi said that the landmark agreement is "an important step" and will lead to better unity in the fight against terrorism.

Iran and the six world powers struck a deal in Vienna.

The hitherto elusive agreement was finally nailed down on Tuesday in the ritzy PalaisCoburg Hotel in the Austrian capital of Vienna, where negotiators from Iran and the six other countries had recently been spending over two weeks to work out the remaining technical and political issues.

The agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), will be presented to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which will adopt a resolution in seven to 10 days making the JCPOA an official document.

Based on the agreement, which has been concluded with due regard for Iran’s red lines, the world powers recognize Iran’s civilian nuclear program, including the country’s right to the complete nuclear cycle.

The UNSC sanctions against the Islamic Republic, including all economic and financial bans, will be lifted at once under a mutually agreed framework and through a new UN resolution.

None of the Iranian nuclear facilities will be dismantled or decommissioned.

Furthermore, nuclear research and development activities on all types of centrifuges, including advanced IR-6 and IR-8 machines, will continue.

The nuclear-related economic and financial restrictions imposed by the United States and the European Union (EU) targeting the Iranian banking, financial, oil, gas, petrochemical, trade, insurance and transport sectors will at once be annulled with the beginning of the implementation of the agreement.

The arms embargo imposed against the Islamic Republic will be annulled and replaced with certain restrictions, which themselves will be entirely removed after a period of five years.

Additionally, tens of billions of dollars in Iranian revenue frozen in foreign banks will be unblocked.