Al Jazeera: Iraqi forces battle ISIL for control near Ramadi

ISIL launches suicide attacks as Iraqi troops and allied forces prepare for drawn-out operation in Anbar province.

Iraqi government forces backed by thousands of Shia militias have been sent to the Sunni heartland of Anbar province in a bid to counter the offensive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

Kareem al-Nouri, a spokesman for the Popular Mobilisation Forces, an umbrella organisation of Shia militiamen, told Al Jazeera it was "hard to predict the timetable" for the battle.

WNU Editor: I have zero confidence that a few thousand irregular Shiite militia fighters will be successful in this "new offensive". The Daily Mail has posted some graphic photos and videos on how bloody some of the battles were for Ramadi, and the defeat of the Iraqi soldiers who decided to stay put and fight .... The bloody battle for Ramadi: Shocking footage shows violent clashes between ISIS and Iraqi forces in corpse-strewn streets of destroyed historic city (Daily Mail).

More News On the Battle For Ramadi

Iraqis launch counterattack against ISIS near Ramadi -- CNN
Shi'ite militias advance on Islamic State insurgents near Iraq's Ramadi -- Reuters
Iraq claws back land from IS near Ramadi -- AFP
Shiite militia, Iraqi army launch counteroffensive at Ramadi -- Washington Post
Iraq militias start fightback against IS in Ramadi -- BBC
Iraq fires back to take land from IS near Ramadi --
ISIS fighters close in on Baghdad after breaching Iraqi defences outside Ramadi -- Daily Mail

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