The battle for Ramadi between Iraqi security forces and ISIS had entered its second day. Most of the fighting has been a slow progress as fighting is house to house.
Iraqi officials are optimistic the battle will be over by the end of the weekend. U.S Officials have been much more pessimistic understanding that it is still a tough fight ahead, especially without the help of the Shi’ite militia.
Sources have indicated there are still 300 ISIS fighters and tens of thousands of residents still in the city. It has been reported ISIS have used some residents as human shields.
Iraqi forces are making their way towards the main government complex but have faced snipers and suicide bombers that have slowed the advance.
BBC Middle East editor Sebastian Usher says that the offensive in Ramadi appears to be a more effective Iraqi military operation, helped by months of US training.
Despite ISIS destroying bridges that cross the Euphrates River, Iraqi forces have made makeshift bridges.
The makeshift bridge had enabled troops to enter directly the al-Haouz district, south-west of the government complex.
The Iraqi security force 14th Division secured the road between Al-Warar barracks and 100th Road near the center of Ramadi.
Iraqi security forces have also advanced in Al-Armal neighbourhood and killed over a dozen ISIS militants.