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Iraqi Army makes final preparations for massive offensive

10 September 2016 10:36

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The Iraq Armed Forces have begun making their final preparations for the long-awaited Al-Shirqat and Hawija offensives against the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).

According to the Iraqi Central Command, their forces will launch a simultaneous offensive at Al-Shirqat and Hawija in order to clear the Baiji countryside and advance north towards the key provincial capital of the Nineveh Governorate.

Also participating in this large-scale offensive will be Hashd Al-Sha’abi, who has already taken up positions around the Al-Shirqat outskirts.

Located along the Mosul-Baghdad Highway, Al-Shirqat is one of the Islamic State’s last strongholds before the city of Mosul in the Nineveh Governorate.

The offensive is expected to commence after the ‘Eid Al-Adha celebrations this weekend.

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