A video was released by the Iraqi military last week of what is reported to be an airstrike against an ISIS training camp in their nation.
As reported by Western Journalism, some of the fiercest fighting in Iraq against ISIS has been in the Anbar province. It is the largest province and borders Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Syria.
ISIS controls two provincial capitals of Iraq–Ramadi in Anbar and Mosul in Nineveh province in Northern Iraq. It also holds the city of Falluja, 35 miles west of Baghdad.
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Iraqi forces–with the help of U.S. airstrikes–pushed ISIS from Tikrit, north of the capital city, in April.
Reuters reports that hours after the announcement of the launch of a major offensive to take back Anbar province, “Iraq’s Defense Ministry announced the arrival of four F-16 fighter jets from the United States to Balad air base north of Baghdad. They are part of 36 F-16s purchased by the Iraqi government.” Delivery of the jets had been delayed due to security concerns raised by ISIS operations in Iraq.
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Iraqi forces are reportedly pushing towards both Falluja and Ramadi. Ramadi was the most high-profile defeat of the Iraqi government in recent months; but the main focus is expected to be on Falluja, which fell under ISIS control 18 months ago.
Falluja saw some of the most hard-fought battles following the 2003 U.S. invasion of the nation. It has also been a center of Sunni hostility to the Shi’ite-led government in Baghdad.
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