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Iraqi forces liberate more regions in Anbar Province

12 January 2016 11:19



Security forces in Iraq, backed by tribal fighters, have made fresh gains against Daesh, liberating new areas in the western province of Anbar.

Troops retook the Qaryat Sakran region, about 240 km (150 miles) northwest of Baghdad, on Monday following heavy clashes with the terrorists, mayor of Haditha Mabrouk Hamid told the Arabic-language al-Sumaria television.

Military commander Brigadier General Karim Zughayr said scores of Daesh militants were killed and nearly 150 military vehicles plus a T-52 battle tank were destroyed. A sizable amount of light and heavy munitions was also seized.

Iraqi security forces and fighters from Popular Mobilization units further killed more than 70 Daesh militants as they established control over al-Shaei region, which lies north of Haditha.

Elsewhere in Asriyah Village west of Anbar’s provincial capital city of Ramadi, Iraqi artillery units struck a militant position, killing six terrorists, three of Caucasian origin, and wounding two others.

At least 35 Daesh Takfiris were also killed when their base was pounded in the al-Kasirat region of Anbar.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Daesh began an offensive in Iraqi territory in June 2014.

Army soldiers and Popular Mobilization units have joined forces in a bid to take back militant-held regions in joint operations.

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