Iraq launches assault on ISIL

– Iraq vowed Tuesday to retake Anbar Province — now mostly held by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant — by launching a large-scale military operation less than two weeks after suffering a humiliating defeat in the provincial capital of Ramadi.

The operation, backed by Shiite militias and Sunni pro-government fighters, is deemed critical in regaining momentum in the fight.

A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, said Iraqi forces had begun "shaping operations," which would precede major combat in the area.

Associated Press