The video shows footage taken from a GoPro camera illustrating in stark detail how the Iraqi army continues to face conflict on the outskirts of the city of Ramadi. Iraqi soldiers on vehicles and tanks approach the Al Jarih area, east of Ramadi, opening fire as they go. Soldiers are also seen manning machine guns and aiming them at enemy territory.
About The City Of Ramadi
Ramadi is the capital of Anbar province, 120 kilometers west of Baghdad. The Battle of Ramadi, as the conflict is now known, was conducted through July 2015 until February 2016 as the Iraqi armed forces, together with the United States, Russia and other countries, fought to recapture Ramadi from insurgents. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had taken the city earlier in 2015 in a previous battle.
Ramadi has been the site of countless armed conflicts. This latest was the 100th battle that had been fought on its territory. Over 850 airstrikes by Western forces and their allies rained heavy fire down on Ramadi during those 8 months. Upon the city’s recapture in February 2016, it was estimated that it would take some time to clear out all the bombs ISIL had left behind and at least 9 months to clear Ramadi’s Tamim District. During this time, Ramadi had the worst war damage in Iraq, with 80% of it left in ruins – much more than any other cities involved in the perpetual battles between the Muslim extremists and the national government.
The Iraqi army reclaimed the city district by district, clearing out ISIL militants as they went. The last to fall was Al Khalidaya and Khalidaya Island in February, where the terrorists had fled to after the Iraqi soldiers had swarmed the entire area. By February 10, the army had taken the entire Khalidaya district as well, and had begun clearing explosives away so that civilians could finally return and live without fear of ISIL.