Anbar (IraqiNews.com) A Soldier was killed and three others wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in western Ramadi, Anbar Governorate, a security source told Alsumaria News on Tuesday.
“An IED planted on the side of a highway west of the city of Ramadi exploded today afternoon, killing one soldier and wounding three others,” the source said.
The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, added that a security force cordoned off the blast’s scene and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital.
The Islamic State currently has a grip on the cities of Annah, Rawa and Al-Qa’im in western Anbar Governorate since mid-2014. Security forces continue preparations to liberate these cities, Alsumaria reported.
On Monday, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, declared victory in the city of Mosul over IS, ending an eight-month campaign backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary forces. The victory in Mosul means that the Iraqi government will carry on with further offensives to retake other IS holdouts across Iraq, including those in Anbar near the Syrian borders.
Paramilitary groups backing the government forces, Popular Mobilization Forces, said last month they had taken control over the border line between Anbar and Syria.