News ID: 136517
Published: 0723 GMT February 09, 2016

Iraqi Army advance links Ramadi to key base

Iraqi Army advance links Ramadi to key base

Iraqi forces liberated territory from Daesh terrorists on Tuesday which links the recently recaptured city of Ramadi to a major army base in western Iraq, the military said.

A statement broadcast on state television said the army, police and counterterrorism forces had retaken several areas including the town of Husaiba al-Sharqiya, about 10km (6 miles) east of Ramadi, Reuters reported.

"(Our forces) also managed to open the road from Ramadi to Baghdad which passes through Al-Khaldiya," the statement added, referring to a highway that links the city to the Habbaniya Base where US-led coalition forces are located.

Iraq's Army declared victory in December over Daesh in Ramadi, the provincial capital west of Baghdad. It was the first major gain for the Iraqi forces since it collapsed in the face of an assault by the terrorists in 2014.

Government forces are still dismantling bombs planted in Ramadi, and much of the city's infrastructure needs to be rebuilt.

Tuesday's advance boosts government efforts to close in on Falluja, the Daesh stronghold located between Ramadi and Baghdad which is besieged by the army and Shia militias.


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