THU 20 - 9 - 2018
 
Date: Oct 3, 2017
Source: The Daily Star
Iraq forces launch assault to retake Daesh-held areas near Hawija
Agence France Presse
BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces Monday launched an attack against extremist-held areas southeast of Daesh's (ISIS) bastion of Hawija, the operations commander said.

Government forces and the Hashed al-Shaabi, an alliance mostly of Shiite militias, are fighting to retake the northern town of Hawija after expelling Daesh from large parts of the territory they seized in Iraq in 2014.

"The Counter-Terrorism Service and Hashed al-Shaabi have started a broad operation to liberate Rashad and nearby villages as part of the second phase to liberate Hawija," Lieutenant General Abdel Amir Yarallah said.

The Hashed al-Shaabi confirmed the offensive and said it had retaken five villages west of Rashad, which is 35 kilometers southeast of Hawija.

On Sept. 21, Iraqi forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition launched an offensive to retake a extremist enclave around Hawija, swiftly taking the town of Sharqat on its second day before pushing on towards Hawija itself.

On Friday, they started the battle to retake the town itself, one of the last Daesh bastions in the country along with a stretch of the Euphrates Valley near the border with Syria.


 
Readers Comments (0)
Add your comment

Enter the security code below*

 Can't read this? Try Another.
 
Related News
Iraq Shiite paramilitary leader withdraws candidacy for PM
Iraqi MPs elect Iran-backed Sunni as speaker
Reopened Iraqi railway a sign of progress
Basra protests trigger main Iraqi port closure
Iraq’s Parliament meets as blocs vie for power
Related Articles
Evaluating Iran’s economic leverage in Iraq
Abadi struggles to maintain campaign narrative as May polls approach
Fifteen years since start of Iraq War: Have we learned our lesson?
Iraq’s parliamentary elections likely to return status quo
A struggle to care for Iraq’s disabled with meager means
Editor In Chief & Webmaster : Nazih Darwish
Copyright 2018 . All rights reserved