Militants launched coordinated attacks around Ramadi in Iraq. It is believed that the attacks were launched by Islamic State militants. The conflicts led towards overrunning a village located to the east of Ramadi and clashes with tribal fighters in the west, according to a tribal leader and a local official.
Ramadi is located around 90 kilometers west of the capital of Baghdad. It is in the Muslim Anbar Sunni region and was a stronghold of the forces that remained and captured a large part of western and northern Iraq, with Islamic State affiliation.
Ramadi is now controlled by Iraqi government forces. However, the neighborhoods around it were seized by radical fighters.
According to an Anbar Provincial Council member, Hathal al-Fahdawi, the attacks took place on Friday at around 3 AM. The Islamic State militants took over Al Shujairiya village, which is located around 20 kilometers west of the city of Ramadi. Fighting is still going on.
The security forces killed 12 ISIS militants that tried to attack a mosque and a home, both close to Shujairiya, according to tribal leader Rafie Fahdawi. Many tribal fighters, army fighters and police officers are now sent in the are as reinforcements.
At the moment, it is reported that there is intense fighting going on in the western part of Ramadi. We do not know if there are more casualties or if other areas are also affected.