The Iraqi Interior Ministry says government forces have launched a counter-terrorism operation to hunt down Daesh Takfiri terrorists near the country’s border with Syria, killing more than a dozen extremists in the process.
Iraqi army soldiers, supported by allied fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, have liberated dozens of villages across the country as they are engaged in a large-scale military operation to dislodge Daesh Takfiri terrorists from their hideouts in the desert.
Iraqi forces have retaken control of the town of al-Qaim from Daesh Takfiri terrorists, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced, congratulating the troops on their latest victory against the terrorist group.
A high-ranking commander of the Iraqi pro-government Popular Mobilization Units says the defense lines of Daesh Takfiri militants have collapsed in the northern town of Hawijah as army troops and their allied fighters have adanaced dozens of kilometers, seizing nearly three dozen villages from the terrorists.
Iraqi government forces, backed by allied fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, have established control over nearly a dozen villages around Hawijah after the launch of the second phase of offensive to dislodge Daesh Takfiri militants from their stronghold in the oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk.
Iraqi government forces have regained full control over half of the last remaining redoubt of Daesh Takfiri militants in Tal Afar as they are joined by volunteer fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units in a multi-pronged operation to liberate the northern city from the extremists.
Iraqi government forces are fighting to eliminate the last pockets of Daesh terrorists in the Old City of Mosul, more than two days after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally declared victory over the extremists in their former stronghold and the country’s second largest city.
Iraqi army soldiers have thwarted a major counter-attack by members of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in a western district of Mosul as government forces and allied fighters from Popular Mobilization Units are pushing to drive the extremists out of their last bastion in the strategic northern city.