Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Military launches last operation to expel Islamic State from Iraq

Military launches last operation to expel Islamic State from Iraq

Last week, Iranian media published pictures of Soleimani at Albu Kamal in eastern Syria, a town which he said on Tuesday was the last territory retaken from Islamic State in the region.

"The Iraqi army, the federal police and the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation paramilitary units) this morning began clearing the Al-Jazeera region straddling Salaheddin, Nineveh and Anbar provinces", the head of Joint Operations Command, General Abdelamir Yarallah, said in a statement.

He said the victory over the IS is tantamount to the defeat of plots to sow division and wage a civil war in the Middle East, adding it is a blow to plots by the United States and its allies, Xinhua News Agency reported.

"The objective behind the operation is to prevent remaining Daesh groups from melting into the desert region and using it as a base for future attacks", said army colonel Salah Kareem.

Iraqi forces announced the launch of a major operation on Thursday to flush remaining ISIS fighters out of the western desert near the border with Syria.

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That offensive culminated in the lightning recapture of the town of Rawa last Friday and saw Iraqi forces meet up with Syrian forces at the border.

ISIL suffered a string of crushing defeats in both Iraq and Syria after overrunning vast swathes of territory in both countries in mid-2014.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday Islamic State fighters had been defeated militarily, but he would only declare final victory after the militants were routed in the desert.

More than a thousand members of the Guards, including senior commanders, have been killed in Syria and Iraq.

Islamic State's self-declared caliphate collapsed in effect in July, when USA -backed Iraqi forces captured Mosul, the group's de facto capital in Iraq, after a grueling battle that had lasted nine months.

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