Dozens of Iraqi troops and allied mobilization forces fighting to recapture Ramadi have been killed near the city in ambushes or bombings since yesterday, a senior official from Anbar said.
“The advancing of our troops heading to liberate Ramadi from Islamic State is very slow due to the number of roadside bombs planted by the group and the number of suicide car bombings it carries out every day,” said Sabah Karhout, head of Anbar provincial council, in a telephone interview.
Ramadi is the capital of western Anbar province.
At least 63 IS militants also were killed since yesterday in the fight against security forces, he said.
Islamic State, which controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria, captured Ramadi last May after an offensive. Iraqi troops backed by local tribal fighters and Shiite militias been trying to recapture the city since then.
Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi visited troops near Ramadi today. He fired one of the army brigade commanders belonging to the 10th Infantry Division for failing to carry out his duties, according to the defense ministry website.