Shiite tribesmen prepare to join the fight against ISIS. AFP file photo
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Shiite militias have surrounded Fallujah in Anbar province in preparation for an assault to recapture the ISIS-held city, a militia leader said on Friday.
“Iraqi joint forces and militias from Hashd al-Shabi [Popular Mobilization Units] have encircled Karma town and Fallujah. They will enter Fallujah in a few hours,” said Juoma Fazea Joumaili, a PMU commander.
“The reason we have been slow to advances was because of landmines planted by ISIS militants in Karma,” he added.
Azaal Fahdawi, member of the Anbar provincial council, announced Friday that at least 80 percent of Karma is under the control of Iraqi forces.
“The rest will be liberated in few days,” he added.
According to the Anbar council, the Iraqi joint forces began the attack on Wednesday, targeting ISIS elements in Sajariyah town, in the west of Ramadi district in Anbar province.
“Iraqi security forces, local police, anti-terror forces and at least 10,000 tribal gunmen with air support from the coalition are participating in Anbar province,” Sabah Karhut, council chairman, said earlier this week.
According to Anbar officials, at least 80 percent of the province was overrun by ISIS militants prior since last year.
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