Iraqi forces launched an intense military operation against ISIS insurgents in three cities in central Iraq Wednesday, fighting to regain control of lost ground, security sources said.

The offensives in Ramadi, Fallujah and Haditha in the western province of Anbar started before dawn, security sources in the three cities said.

Sunni tribes revolted in these areas in late 2013 when Iraq’s former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki moved his forces into the cities to suppress a year-long anti-government protest movement. […]