Iraq Battles Isis & Intense Heat wave in India
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The Iraqi government announced Tuesday that it has launched a military operation to drive the Islamic State militants out of the western province of Anbar.
Without elaborating, Iraqi state TV announced the launching of the operation, which is set to involve Shiite and Sunni paramilitary forces.
A spokesman for Iraq’s Shiite militias said the operation will “not last for a long time” and that the allied forces have surrounded the provincial capital, Ramadi, from three sides.
The announcement comes less than two weeks after the ISIS militants captured Ramadi, as a result of which, nearly 25,000 people were forced to flee the ISIS-controlled capital.
After the May 17th seizure of Ramadi, US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter publicly criticized the Iraqi army, saying it “showed no will to fight.”
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the BBC Monday that Ramadi could be taken back from ISIS militants “in days.”
Anbar is a large desert area, which stretches from just west of Baghdad to Iraq’s borders with Jordan, southeastern Syria and northwestern Saudi Arabia.
ISIS has controlled most of Anbar’s territory since 2014, including its major cities such as Fallujah.
In other news, at least 800 people are reported to have died in a heatwave sweeping India, with temperatures reaching 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in some areas.
India, the second most populous country in the world with over 1.271 billion people, recorded its highest maximum temperature of 47 degrees Celsius (117 Fahrenheit) at Angul in Odisha on Monday, according to B.P. Yadav, the director of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
“As of now, we don't predict any respite from the extreme heatwave for the next few days,” B. P. Yadav said.
Hospitals are on full alert to treat victims of heatstroke, while India’s authorities advise people to stay at home.
India’s Meteorological Department said it had issued heat warnings all over India, where temperatures were forecast to top 45 degrees Celsius over the next few days.
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