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ISIS near Syrian border set to have a harsh slap as Iraqi forces quickly advance in Al-Anbar

6 January 2017 17:31

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The Iraqi Army, alongside the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi), is rolling through Al-Anbar’s western countryside, liberating large chunks of territory along the southern bank of the Euphrates River en route to the Syrian border-crossing.

According to recent reports from Al-Anbar, the Iraqi Army has liberated more than 40 km of territory along the main road between Haditha and Al-Qa’im after a quick two day battle with the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).

With only two major towns between their positions and Al-Qa’im, the Iraqi Army could reach the Syrian border-crossing in a few weeks, putting the Islamic State militants in Mosul at high alert as their main link between Syria and Iraq comes under threat.

In the coming days, the Iraqi Army’s offensive should intensify as the Islamic State sends reinforcements from Deir Ezzor to Al-Anbar in order to forestall the attack.

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