WASHINGTON, March 13 (KUNA) -- Iraqi security forces supported by Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve successfully defeated an ISIL attack on Ramadi in the Anbar region, the task force announced on Friday.
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 on Wednesday morning, the announcement said. Iraqi air and ground security forces responded in force and successfully defeated the attacks; ISIL gained no ground, the statement said. "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 Lieutenant General James Terry, task force commander. "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, the statement said. (end) rm.ajs