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Iraqi Army Wins Back 90 Percent of Anbar’s Albu Kan’an

23 August 2016 15:08

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Iraq’s joint military forces managed to seize back most of the ISIL-controlled region of Albu Kanan near Al-Khalediya Island in Anbar province.

The Iraqi forces have now imposed full control over 90 percent of Albu Kan’an region to the East of Euphrates River.

Fierce clashes are currently underway in the surrounding areas of Albu Kan’an region as the ISIL terrorists are fleeing the area.

Scores of the ISIL terrorists have been killed and wounded in tough battle with the Iraqi army and volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi).

Albu Kan’an is of geopolitical importance because it is located to the East of the Euphrates River and connects Baghdad to Jordan.

Iraq’s joint military forces are planning to drive out the ISIL from al-Kartan region after they fully seize Albu Kanan region.

On Monday, the Iraqi forces continued their advances against the ISIL terrorists group in Anbar province, and seized back a strategic region near the city of Ramadi.

The Iraqi forces seized back Albu Bali area, East of Ramadi city.

Albu Bali is located to the Northwest of the city of Fallujah on the bank of the Euphrates river. Al-Khalediya Island is also located to the East of Albu Bali while Albu Nasir and Albu Ubeid villages are located to the South and to the West of Albu Bali region.

Earlier on Monday, the Iraqi army and Hashd al-Shaabi continued their mop-up operations in al-Khalediya Island, and purged the ISIL terrorists from al-Asaleh factory.

On Saturday, a senior military commander announced that Iraq’s joint military forces had completely seized back the strategic al-Khalediya Island located to the East of al-Ramadi in Anbar province.

“The Iraqi security and Hashd al-Shaabi managed to fully liberate al-Khalediya Island 23 kilometers to the East of al-Ramadi and also take full control of the surrounding villages and regions of the island,” Commander of Anbar Liberation Operations Major General Esmayeel Mahlawi said.

Meantime, Hashd al-Shaabi Command Center in a statement announced that over 150 terrorists from different countries, including two Americans, 7 Russians, 4 Chechens and many Saudis, were killed in the al-Khalediya Island liberation operation.

Also on Thursday, General Mahlawi said that the Iraqi forces killed 700 ISIL militants during an anti-terrorist offensive on Khalediya Island.

“Security forces so far have killed 700 ISIL members since the beginning of Khalediya Island liberation battles,” said General Mahlawi.

The final anti-terrorist offensive on Khalediya Island started in late July.

The city of Ramadi was occupied by ISIL militants in May 2014. The government forces succeeded in retaking the city after weeks of fierce fighting from December 2015 to February 2016.

ISIL is a terrorist group mainly operating in Syria and Iraq. The terrorists have also claimed responsibility for attacks in Europe. The group is deemed as terrorist entity by international bodies, including UN.

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