The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly carried out a series of suicide / car bomb attacks on military convoys northeast and southeast of the city of Fallujah, killing at least 55 people, according to Al Jazeera.
Brigadier General Saad Maan Ibrahim, the spokesman for the Joint Military Command, told The Associated Press that 17 troops were killed in the attacks.
Three blasts on Tuesday hit Iraqi army convoys travelling in Anbar province to take part in a planned offensive aimed at retaking the provincial town of Ramadi from ISIS, Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said. He said that the attacks were a “very big blow” to the military.
ISIS has routinely used car bomb attacks to a “devastating effect” against Iraqi forces, he added.
“Car bombs have proven to be a very big problem for the Iraqi security forces,” said Khan. The tactic reportedly played a major part in the capture of Ramadi.
The bombings come as Iraqi forces prepare for a massive bid to retake Ramadi, which is the capital of the Sunni Anbar province.