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Iraqi security forces recapture four areas in Anbar

2 April 2016 7:56



Iraqi security forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Mobilization Units, have fully liberated four districts in the conflict-ridden western province of Anbar from Daesh Takfiri terrorists.  

Government forces carried out a string of counter-terrorism operations in close proximity to the city of Hit, located 145 kilometers (90 miles) west of the capital Baghdad on Friday and managed to wrest control over the regions of Basateen, Mourour, Saklat and Askari.

Provincial authorities, speaking on condition of anonymity, said nearly 100 Daesh terrorists and 15 Iraqi soldiers were killed during the offensives.

Iraqi fighter jets also bombed a Daesh base and killed 13 terrorists elsewhere in Anbar, while a weapons depot and a tunnel were destroyed in al-Sen and Tal al-Marg districts of Hit.

Separately, Iraqi military aircraft pounded a strategic bridge in Hit, cutting off a Daesh supply line in the area.

The operation to liberate Hit started earlier this week and is part of a wider push to capture embattled Mosul in the northern province of Nineveh.

Furthermore, Iraqi army soldiers thwarted a Daesh raid against the village of Kharbardan south of Mosul, killing 27 extremists in the process. Two men and a woman, who could not detonate their explosive-laden jackets, were among the slain militants.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since Takfiri Daesh terrorists mounted an offensive in June 2014.

The militants have been committing crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.

The Iraqi army and volunteer fighters have been engaged in operations to liberate militant-held regions.

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