Iraqi forces retake 3 more villages from Daesh near Hawijah
Iran Press TV
Sat Sep 23, 2017 02:15PM
Iraqi government forces, backed by fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, have retaken control over three villages from Daesh Takfiri terrorists as part of a multi-pronged offensive to dislodge the extremists from their stronghold in the northern city of Hawijah and surrounding areas.
The media bureau of the Popular Mobilization Units, commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha'abi, announced in a statement on Saturday that the pro-government volunteer fighters had freed al-Haliwah al-Wusta village west of Hawijah, located 45 kilometers west of Kirkuk, on Saturday and were advancing towards the villages of Upper Haliwah, Lower Haliwah, Hatirah and al-Khaz.
Earlier in the day, fighters from the 11th Brigade of Hashd al-Sha'abi forces reclaimed control over the villages of Karroud and Jarbardan.
Elsewhere in the northern province of Salahuddin, Hashd al-Sha'abi fighters and Interior Ministry's elite rapid response forces managed to liberate Upper Subaih village on the outskirts of the town of Shirqat, located some 300 kilometers north of the capital, Baghdad.
Daesh executes 27 members for fleeing Anbar clashes
Meanwhile, the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has reportedly executed more than two dozen of its own members on charges of fleeing the battlefield in Iraq's embattled western province of Anbar.
A local source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Daesh terrorists killed 27 members of the outfit, among them a high-ranking commander identified by the nom de guerre Abu Dajana, after accusing them of escaping clashes with Iraqi government forces and their allies in the town of Anah, Arabic-language Baghdad Today news website reported.
The extremists were executed in the eastern Syrian city of Abu Kamal near the border with Iraq.
On Thursday, Iraqi security forces completely liberated Anah from the Daesh terror group.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on September 19 the start of the operation to clear the entire western province of Anbar from last remaining Daesh terrorists.
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