Baghdad, Shiite militia Forces KOMPAS.com-military Iraq and staged a counter-attack against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) near the town of Ramadi, Monday (23/5/2015), in an attempt to retake Anbar's provincial capital.
Ramadi falls into the hands of ISIS on May 17, then is a blow for the Government, securing Baghdad. ISIS is now controlled much of the province of Anbar and has the potential to keep moving to Baghdad or to the South of Iraq that the majority of the population are Shiite Muslims.
A member of the provincial Council of Anbar, Azzal Obaid told hundreds of Shiite militia members, who last week deployed to Habbaniyah airbase, Cristal moves into and is now approaching the Siddiqiya and sudha Madiq, two small town outside Ramadi.
Two police officers told Reuters said pro-Government forces, which includes Sunni tribal militia, is already moving forward beyond Siddiqiya and Madiq.
Pro-Government troops in Iraq is now located one mile outside the town of Husaiba al-Sharqiya occupied by ISIS. It is only seven kilometers away from the eastern border city of Ramadi.
A spokesman for the group, Kataib Hezbollah Shiite paramilitary Jaffar Husseini said more than 2,000 additional troops have joined government forces and they have successfully mastered the Khalidiya and a highway that connects the city with the Habbaniya base.
"Today we will see the launch of tactical operations that will pave the way for the liberation of Ramadi," said Husseini.
At the same time the ISIS moves forward approaching the city of Fallujah in an attempt to capture more of the area between Fallujah and Ramadi which will bring them more closer to the capital Baghdad which is 80 miles to the East.