Islamic State launched attack near Amiriyat al Fallujah

An Islamic State sniper using the US-made Mk. 14 EBR designated marksman rifle.

The Islamic State recently published a photo report from battles near Zawbaa in Iraq’s Anbar province. Zawbaa is to the east of the town of Amiriyat al Fallujah and is close to Abu Ghraib, which is just west of Baghdad.

The photos bear the title of the Islamic State’s Wilayat Junub, or its Southern Province. This administrative division is comprised of areas south of Baghdad and parts of northern Babil province. The fact that these photos were published by Wilayat Junub and not Wilayat al Fallujah more than likely represents operational overlap between the two divisions. These images have been disseminated on Twitter by its supporters after being posted elsewhere online.

The photos show Islamic State fighters targeting Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) personnel and their Sunni tribal allies in the vicinity of Zawbaa. The Islamic State used mortars, heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and sniper fire in its assault in the town. Several photos show Islamic State snipers with the US-made Mk. 14 EBR designated marksman rifle, which is currently in use by the Iraqi special forces. At least four Humvees are shown to have been destroyed or damaged in the attack, as well as several ISF buildings…

More pix at link.