Iraq forces launch new operations to retake another town


Iraqi armed forces have launched fresh anti-ISIL operations to liberate another strategic area after they managed to recapture the town of Jurf al-Sakhar near the capital, Baghdad, Press TV reports.

Following the liberation of Jurf al-Sakhar, Iraqi government troops and volunteer forces have engaged in fresh clashes with the ISIL Takfiri militants to retake control of the town of Amriyat al-Fallujah, situated in the western province of Anbar.

The town, located some 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Baghdad, is strategically important to the ISIL Takfiris as it connects Anbar to the central province of Babil.

“Last night, ISIL terrorists were located where we stand now, but now they are in Amriyat al-Fallujah and we are still pursuing them,” Abu Fadl Abbas, an Iraqi army officer, said in an interview with Press TV.

The new military operations come shortly after Iraqi soldiers, backed by Shia volunteer forces, successfully drove out the last of the Takfiri terrorists from Jurf al-Sakhar, which sits on a major road linking Baghdad to oil-rich provinces in the south.

Iraqi army soldiers have been fighting the ISIL terrorists for nearly six months now. The troops have pledged to make more gains in their battle against the extremist group, which has large swathes of land under control in Iraq and Syria.

The ISIL militants have committed terrible atrocities in both neighboring Arab countries, including mass executions and beheading of local residents as well as foreign nationals.

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