ISIL Suffers Heavy Casualties in Clashes with Iraqi Forces near Border with Syria
The sources said that the Iraqi army soldiers and popular forces launched a fresh round of operation in the Southwestern territories of al-Anbar province, targeting the desert terrain West of the key town of Haditha, killing more than 20 ISIL terrorists and destroying three car bombs.
They added that the Iraqi forces will continue to impose pressure on ISIL’s defense lines in the region some 100 km away from the Syrian border-crossing at the town of al-Qa’em.
A senior commander of Hash al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said last week that the US military worked out a scheme to bring ISIL back to power in al-Anbar province, warning that ISIL’s sleeping cells were activated in the region already.
“Al-Anbar province has not yet been cleansed completely as a result of the Americans’ interference in the liberation operations,” Javad al-Tabibawi was quoted as saying by Soumeriya news.
He warned that the US plots to return the ISIL to the province would be exercised with the support of the US security firms.
Al-Tabibawi said that Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraqi security forces should have beem entrusted with the establishment of security in al-Anbar to guarantee ISIL’s ultimate demise in the province.
His remarks came after a new group of US forces arrived in Ein al-Assad military airport, West of al-Anbar province.
Sky News network quoted local sources as saying that a fresh unit of the American military forces arrived in Ein al-Assad base in al-Anbar province to take part in the operation to capture the regions of Anah, Rawa and al-Qa’em.
Ein al-Assad has been home to the US soldiers since occupation of Iraq by the American forces.