Iraqi military says it has liberated the strategic town of Hawijah,
ridding the Takfiri outfit of its last bastion in the northern part of
the Arab state.
a statement issued early Saturday, the military said Hawijah, located
in Iraq’s oil-rich Kirkuk Province, and its surrounding areas were
recaptured from Daesh following a weeks-long offensive.
forces “liberated the whole of the center of Hawija and are continuing
their advance,” said the operation’s commander, Lieutenant General Abdel
operation, which first began on September 21, features Iraqi army
troops and police forces, backed by volunteer fighters of Popular
Mobilization Units, better known as Hashd al-Sha’abi.
recapture puts an end to Daesh presence in northern Iraq and leaves the
extremist terror group in control of a stretch of land in the west near
the Syrian border, including the town of al-Qaim.
lies between the two major routes north from Baghdad – to the second
city Mosul, and to Kirkuk City and the semi-autonomous Kurdish region.
Mosul used to serve as the terror group’s main urban holdout in Iraq before its historic liberation in July.
Daesh has been driven out of most of the territory it managed to seize in Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014.
Syria, Daesh terrorists are mainly holed up in the eastern city of Dayr
al-Zawr, where they are on their last leg in the face of two separate
operations by the Syrian military, supported by Russia, as well as