Iraqi forces, tribesmen pushing to liberate city of Hit
Iran Press TV
Sat Nov 8, 2014 5:56PM GMT
Iraqi government forces, backed by local tribesmen, have launched an operation to liberate the city of Hit in the restive western province of Anbar from the ISIL Takfiri militants, Press TV reports.
On Saturday, Iraqi forces took full control of sixteen villages in Anbar Province and ISIL members retreated to the center of Hit, situated about 140 kilometers (85 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad.
The ISIL Takfiri group paraded its militants through Hit on October 13 after the Iraqi army withdrew from its last base in the city.
Senior police officials in Ramadi, capital city of Anbar Province, said at the time that "Iraqi forces evacuated Hit training camp on the orders of the military command.'
Meanwhile, Iraqi armed forces have liberated the strategic oil-rich city of Baiji, located some 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of Baghdad, following fierce exchange of fire with the ISIL terrorists.
The development came shortly after Iraqi soldiers recaptured the country's biggest oil refinery on the outskirts of Baiji.
Baiji is located on a main road to the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which is being controlled by the ISIL militants. The liberation of Baiji is seen to isolate and choke off the ISIL members' supply lines.
The ISIL terrorists are in control of large areas across eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.
The Iraqi army has so far managed to make numerous gains in the fight against the ISIL militants, pledging to continue the battle against the extremist group.
The ISIL militants have committed terrible atrocities in both neighboring Arab countries, including mass executions and beheading of local residents as well as foreign nationals.
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