first published on November 29, 2015 by Will
Iraqi Security Forces, backed by coalition airstrikes, have begun the offensive to retake the city of Ramadi in Anbar province, Iraq, from well dug-in Islamic State forces on Wednesday.
— CJTF-OIR (@CJTFOIR) November 26, 2015
The offensive began with Iraqi Forces encircling the city and then retaking the Palestine Bridge north of town. The bridge over the Euphrates has been used as part of a main supply route for ISIS in the city.
Coalition warplanes struck at five different ISIS operating units within the city with seven airstrikes. It is unclear at this time as to what role, if any, U.S. troops stationed in Iraq are providing during the siege.
Ramadi was lost to ISIS in May when the Iraqi Military fled from the city in the face of attacking insurgents. They left behind weapons, vehicles, and equipment that is now being used by the Islamic State to defend the city.
The following video shows Iraqi Special Forces approaching the city as coalition airstrikes hammer suspected ISIS positions.