Anbar – Three Islamic State suicide bombers were killed as they attacked the Sunni tribal forces, east of Ramadi, Anbar province.
Speaking to Mawazin News, Ghassan al-Eithawi, spokesperson of Al-Hashd Al-Ashaeri (Tribal Mobilization Forces), said “three attackers wearing suicide belts attempted attacking the troops deployed in Jazeerat al-Bu’ebeid region, east of Ramadi.”
“Troops killed one of them, while the two others blew themselves up,” Eithawi said adding that “several security agents were slightly wounded.”
Iraqi troops were able to return life back to normal in the biggest cities of Anbar including Fallujah, Ramadi and others after recapturing them. However, Anbar’s western cities of Annah, Qaim and Rawa are still held by the extremist group since 2014, when it emerged to proclaim a self-styled Islamic Caliphate. There has not been an officially-declared military campaign to free those regions, but the province’s military command launched a brief assault early January that managed to recapture some western villages before stopping again.
A senior Iraqi officer was quoted last month as saying that a military operation was launched to drive IS militants out of the western regions in Anbar province.
Fighter jets from the Iraqi army and the international coalition have also regularly pounded IS locations in the province.