Thursday, 5 October 2017

Iraq forces retake town of Hawija from IS, Iraq's prime minister says

Iraq's prime minister says its military has retaken Hawija, the main town in one of the last two enclaves of so-called Islamic State in the country.

Haider al-Abadi told reporters that Hawija had been "liberated" as part of an operation launched two weeks ago.

A few villages east of the town are believed to still be under IS control.

Once they fall, IS will be left with only a stretch of the Euphrates river valley around al-Qaim, in the western desert near the border with Syria.

The jihadist group still controls large parts of the valley in the neighbouring Syrian province of Deir al-Zour, but it is under pressure there from Syrian pro-government forces and a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters.

BBC       News.

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