80 Percent of Syria-Iraq Borderline Purged of ISIL
The source said that the Iraqi forces managed to advance against ISIL along the borderline with Syria and captured the village of Aklah Sawab and al-Kamounat base.
In the meantime, the Syrian army units drove ISIL out of Wadi al-Sawab and Feiz al-Ba’aj farms along the borderline with Iraq, the source added.
The source further added that the entire borderline from Qa’em-Albu Kamal border-crossing up to al-Walid-al-Tanf border-crossing has been freed from ISIL following the recent advances of the Iraqi and Syrian government forces.
The Iraqi and Syrian pro-government forces have now purged 160 km of the 215km-long borderline between the two countries, from Qa’em-Albu Kamal to al-Walid-al-Tanf border crossing.
A paramilitary official said on Monday that the ISIL militants fled locations in its bastion in Western Anbar, as security troops declared invasion intentions.
“ISIL members evacuated all its locations in Rawa, West of Anbar, and headed toward al-Maleha and al-Sakhriyat regions, South of Salahuddin,” Qutri al-Obeidi, a senior leader with al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) told Ikhnews website.
“All the foreign ISIL members fled Rawa, while only few number of local ones remained in the town awaiting their unknown destiny,” he added.
The militants withdrawal, according to Obeidi, “came after the security troops declared intentions to invade the town over the coming few hours as well as airstrikes by army jets targeting the militants’ hideouts. The snipers also evacuated the high buildings in the town.”