Iraqi troops block IS attack west of Anbar

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, November 16, 2017
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Security forces have repulsed an attack by Islamic State militants in western Anbar.

Army troops repelled an IS attack in al-Jazeera region, located between Annah and Rawa towns.

Thirteen villages were freed, while forty-five IS members and two suicide bombers were killed in three days, according to a statement issued earlier by the War Media Cell.Advance toward Rawa is

still ongoing.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced on Friday liberation of Qaim in record time. Troops also freed Ebeidi and Krabla regions in western Anbar.

Operations were launched, late October, to liberate Qaim and Rawa towns. Both have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic “Caliphate”.

Iraqi forces have managed, so far, to retake Mosul, the group’s former capital, the town of Tal Afar, west of Nineveh, Kirkuk’s town of Hawija and Anbar’s Annah and Qaim.

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