Iraqi Army Repels ISIL Attack on Ramadi, Arrests 11 Terrorists
Iraqi officials have said on Saturday that the security forces have foiled an attack by Terrorists of the Islamic State (Daesh/ISIL/ISIS/IS) group on the city of Ramadi, capital of the western province of Anbar and have arrested 11 Daesh members.
The reported thwarted attack led to 11 arrests and comes after a string of diversionary attacks by the terrorists since the start two weeks ago of a massive offensive against Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/IS) bastion Mosul; AFP reported.
Iraqi forces "arrested 11 Daesh (IS) members who were planning to attack the city" from the suburb of Al-Tash, on the southern edge of Ramadi, said Captain Ahmed al-Dulaimi of the Anbar police.
Iraqi forces retook Ramadi from IS early this year. Mine clearing and reconstruction efforts are under way but few civilians have returned.
Anbar provincial council member Raja al-Issawi said that the 11, arrested on Friday, had confessed to planning an attack on the city.
The loss of Mosul could spell the end of IS's days as a land-holding force in Iraq but observers warn the group's remnants could increasingly activate sleeper cells to carry out spectacular attacks in cities.
Source: Al Alam