Iraqi security forces supported by Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve successfully defeated an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attack on Ramadi in the Anbar region of Iraq March 11, task force officials reported today.
The Iraqi forces were simultaneously attacked in several locations in Ramadi and the surrounding areas with small-arms fire, vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices and indirect fire, officials said.
Iraqi air and ground security forces responded in force and successfully defeated the attacks, said officials, noting ISIL had gained no ground.
“The successful defense of Ramadi by Iraqi security forces is another example of their increasing ability to defeat Daesh in multiple locations and prevent the terrorist group from gaining ground,” said Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, CJTF-OIR commander, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. “The ISF continues to hold terrain in some locations while making gains in others.”
Iraqi security forces in Ramadi continue to hold all positions previously held by friendly forces before the attack, officials said.