The Iraqi Army and volunteer forces from Sunni tribes have recaptured a major portion of al-Karama region from ISIL control, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists in the battlefields, a source said Saturday.
The source said that over 80 percent of al-Karama, a city in Central Iraq located 16 km Northeast of Fallujah in the al-Anbar province, has been taken back from the terrorists of the ISIL in the Iraqi army’s massive operations.
Simultaneous with the army’s offensive against the ISIL strongholds in al-Karama, a large number of popular forces from the region’s Sunni tribes joined the army men to eradicate the ISIL from their region.
Clashes are reportedly growing even harsher in areasKaraaj al-Karama, said the source, adding the Iraqi army is, yet, advancing to the al-Karam downtown and Albou Alvan neighborhood.
On Friday, Commander of Baghdad Operations Abdel Amir al-Shemri announced the ISIL terrorist group is losing all its strongholds in the city of al-Karama.
Al-Shemri noted that the ISIL has completely lost its defensive power against the Iraqi army and the city is on the verge of liberation.
“We have killed a sum of 350 ISIL terrorists so far,” he said, adding, “We need only 48 hours to completely take control of the city.”
The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.
Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.
The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.