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Iraqi forces expel ISIL from al-Baghdadi: US

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Sat 7 Mar 2015 - 12:44

TEHRAN (ISNA)- The US military has acknowledged that Iraqi forces have managed to force out ISIL terrorists from the western town of al-Baghdadi.

Iraqi forces moved in after several airstrikes by the US-led coalition, a military statement said on Friday. The town was taken over by ISIL last month.

'Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters from the Anbar region have successfully cleared al-Baghdadi of ISIL, retaking both the police station and three Euphrates River bridges,' said the statement from the headquarters of the US-led coalition conducting airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against ISIL targets.

The statement also said that the coalition had carried out 26 airstrikes around the town since February 22.

'The coalition supported the operation with surveillance assets and advise and assist teams' which were attached to Iraqi units, it added.

The gain for the Iraqi forces comes as part of a major Iraqi military offensive aimed at retaking the northwestern city of Tikrit.

The operation to recapture the ISIL-held city involves some 30,000 army troops and volunteer fighters.

On Friday, the combined force continued to advance into the town of Dour on the outskirts of Tikrit.

The operation to liberate the city has been slowed due to the explosives and land mines planted by ISIL terrorists along the roads to the city. But the Iraqis seem determined to end ISIL's control on their land.

The ISIL terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, control large parts of Syria's northern territory.

In June last year, ISIL sent its militants into Iraq, seizing around one-third of the territory of the country. They are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.

They have been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.

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