Iraqi forces launched campaign on searching IS's pockets

Mon, 22.05.2017 17:24

The Iraqi joint forces announced on Monday the start of a military operation in the western province of Anbar to search for ISIS pockets, which are posing security threats despite the country’s army declaring their mission to liberate the northern city of Mosul as complete.

The Iraqi War Media Cell said in a statement that the areas to be searched include Al-Taba’i, Bani Zayed, al-Kasrat east of Anbar, which are close to the western belt of the capital Baghdad.

South of the international highway, which connects Baghdad, the Syrian capital Amman and Jordan’s capital Damascus, Thameel and Wadi al-Qathif areas are searched as well. Other areas – east of Al-Qadisiya Lake near al-Haditha district – are also being combed.

The War Media Cell said that the results of the military operation will be communicated later.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has ordered the Iraqi joint forces to go after ISIS pockets in the desert areas, which are being used by the militant group to target Iraqi forces and their presence in the key international highway in Anbar.

Abadi also issued his order after the recent suicide bombings that killed more than 50 people in two incidents which targeted Baghdad and the southern province of Basra.

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Source: Al Arabiya

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