Iraqi Forces Impose Full Control over Border Region with Syria


The Iraqi forces have completed their operation in al-Jazeera Desert in Western Anbar province and driven ISIL out of the border region with Syria, a commander of the country’s popular forces of Hashd al-Shaabi said on Saturday.

Abu Ali al-Basri reported that the Iraqi forces have seized full control over the common border with Syria within the framework of their large-scale anti-ISIL operation in al-Jazeerah Desert.

He further said that the Iraqi forces are now fortifying the newly-captured positions.

Al-Basri said that the Iraqi forces deployed at the border region along with other units of the army that had started their operation from the Northern parts of the towns of Rawa and al-Qa’em arrived simultaneously at the border with Syria and ended ISIL’s presence in al-Jazeera region.

An army commander said earlier today that the Iraqi forces have launched a fresh round of operations to purge the Anbar desert up to the border with Syria of ISIL terrorists and have thus far cleaned over 7,000 sq/km of land.

Commander of the Liberation Operation of al-Jazeera Desert General Abdul Amir Yarallah stated that his forces have driven ISIL out of the villages of Um al-Azahm, al-Kuweitiya, al-Sakhiri’at, Beir al-Marasena, Wadi al-Tawiol, al-Khorar, Abu Hayet, al-Ka’eidin, Sarib and al-Basaleh.

The commander further said that over 7,000 sq/km of Anbar’s territories has been liberated in the operation.

Relevant reports said on Friday that the Iraqi Armed Forces launched their final operation to root out ISIL terrorists from three provinces in Western Iraq.

The Iraqi Armed Forces stormed the ISIL’s large pocket that is located between the Nineveh, Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.

The large-scale operation is aimed at clearing the entire pocket and leaving no remnant of the ISIL in any part of Iraq.

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