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Iraq: PMF Advances as Second Phase of Ramadi Offensive Kicks off

19 August 2016 18:48

Iraqi security forces gather near a temporary bridge built by the corps of engineers in the Iraqi army south of Ramadi, during a visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on December 29, 2015, after government forces recaptured the city from the Islamic State jihadist group. Abadi visited Ramadi, which lies around 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Baghdad and is the capital of the province of Anbar, a day after federal forces announced the liberation of the city from the Islamic State group, clinching a landmark victory.  AFP PHOTO / STR / AFP / STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) launched on Friday the second phase of operation to liberate the last two regions in Ramadi.

Anbar operations commander said that the allied forces stormed Bou Kanaan region, one of the two last ISIL bastions, Sumariya Iraqi TV reported on Friday noon.

Earlier on Friday PMF media center said that the volunteer fighters, backed by Iraqi security forces, started on Friday morning a operation to liberate the rest part of Khaldiya island, east of Ramadi, where ISIL Takfiri insurgents are based in the two regions of Kartan and Bou Kanaan.

The allied forces continue advancing towards ISIL bastions according to the plan set by the command in a bid to liberate the entire island, the PMF media center added.

Earlier in July 30 the first stage of Ramadi operation started, led by PMF and Iraqi security forces.

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