The sources said that the Iraqi forces have purged the road towards Akashat of terrorists and are advancing rapidly in the region.
They added that the Iraqi pro-government forces have entered Akashat region and attacked the residential complex in Akashat.
The sources went on to say that the army and popular forces are hunting terrorists in the residential complex.
In the meantime, an Iraqi security source said that ISIL terrorists have fled towards the town of al-Qa’em, the last bastion of the terrorists in Anbar province, after news was released about the start of the Akashat liberation operation by the Iraqi military.
Deputy Commander of the Special Forces’ Operation Maj. Gen. Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah said in a statement earlier today that the Iraqi pro-government forces have launched a joint anti-ISIL operation in Akashat region West of Anbar province along the border with Syria.
The Iraqi commander said that the Army troops, under the command of the Anbar operations, the country’s volunteer forces of Hashd al-Shaabi and border forces are taking part in the operation to capture Akashat in Western Anbar.
General Yarallah said that the Iraqi pro-government forces’ operation is aimed at restoring security to international borders North of Akashat region and reopening a road connecting Akashat to the international highway.
He further said that there are a number of arms depots, garrisons, bomb-making workshops and command centers of ISIL in Akashat region.
In the meantime, Hashd al-Shaabi announced that it has launched a large-scale operation to drive ISIL out of the Akashat region from four flanks.