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Iraqi forces recapture district in troubled Anbar

6 February 2016 14:23



Iraqi government forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Mobilization units, have fully liberated a district in the conflict-ridden western province of Anbar from the Takfiri Daesh terrorists.

The Iraqi Joint Forces Command announced in a statement on Friday that the forces had managed to establish complete control over the al-Sijariyah district, which lies east of Anbar’s provincial capital city of Ramadi.

The statement said Iraqi forces had also killed a large number of Daesh terrorists during the liberation operation, and dismantled dozens of improvised explosive devices planted by the Takfiris.

Members of Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism service patrol a suburb in the al- Sijariyah district, east of Ramadi, Feb. 3, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Additionally, Iraqi army artillery units pounded militant positions in the villages of Duwailiya, al-Ghoraf and Jazeera al-Jubbah, located on the outskirts of the western city of Khan al-Baghdadi, killing at least 17 Daesh militants.

Jabbar Ma’amouri, a commander of the Popular Mobilization units, said Iraqi fighter jets also thwarted a Daesh offensive against the oil-rich region of Haqoul al-Alas in the northern province of Salahuddin.

Elsewhere in the city of Fallujah, located roughly 69 kilometers (43 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad, at least 32 Daesh terrorists were killed when a car rigged with explosives went off inside a bomb-making workshop.

A member of Iraqi security forces waves as he and his comrades patrol a suburb close to the al- Sijariyah district, east of Ramadi, Feb. 4, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Violence has plagued northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh Takfiris launched an offensive in the country in June 2014, and occupied portions of the Iraqi territory.

The militants have committed various crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and others.

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