US Special Forces reach Anbar province in Iraq to support ISIS fight

US special forces monitor as Iraqi forces advance on February 23, 2017 towards Mosul airport for the first time since ISIS overran the region in 2014. (AFP)

US Special Forces units reached Ain al-Assad Airbase, the western Anbar province in Iraq, on Tuesday to help Iraqi forces recapture cities still held by ISIS.

“A large number of US Special Forces units reached the Ain al-Assad Airbase in Anbar’s Al-Baghdadi district some 90 kilometers west of Ramadi,” the Turkish Anadolu Agency reported, quoting an Iraqi army brigadier-general.

The anonymous officer didn’t provide details with regard to the number of Special Forces involved due to restrictions on talking to the media.

The source added, the Special Forces units were transported within a military convoy arriving from Al-Bakr airbase to Anbar’s Ain al-Assad in Baghdad.

“They arrived fully-equipped to take part in the anticipated liberation of the cities of Anah, Rawa and Al-Qaim,” The military officer stated.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50