A sniper in Iraq’s Golden Division tells VICE News how he’s faring since losing his friend, considered the best sniper in the country.
VICE News embedded with Iraq’s Golden Division Special Forces as they launched an offensive against the Islamic State in the Western province of Anbar.
The Iraqi army has advanced into the center of the city, whose capture by Islamic State militants earlier this year was a major and embarrassing defeat for Iraq's government.
VICE News embedded with Iraq’s Special Operations Forces, also known as the Golden Division, who have been leading operations to recapture the city.
A VICE News reporter embedded with the Iraq army in Habbaniya, just 20 miles outside of Ramadi, reported that the Iraqi army has taken the entire west of the city, and that the Islamic State is surrounded.
The leader of a tribe in Iraq's restive Anbar province announced the mass execution as car bombs killed 56 people across the country on Monday.
At least four people have died already, and the Islamic State controls the areas around a dam that supplies fresh water to some of the hardest hit places.
The UN issued a statement about the alleged incident on the same day a watchdog group reported that as many as 1,247 civilians have been killed by airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.
The Iraqi move to close border with Jordan to commercial trucking, a part economics and part military effort, is directed against Islamic State militants.
The operation against the Islamic State began at dawn and includes troops and police as well as Shia militias and allied Sunni tribes, officials said.
It is expected the White House will announce the deployment of several hundred US troops on Wednesday, who will train Iraqi forces in Anbar province as they battle against the onslaught of IS.