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Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan – Backed by the Shiite militia of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the Iraqi army launched a military operation aimed at “liberating Anbar province” from militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), Iraqi army command announced on Monday.
IS group has been in control of Anbar for more than two months.
The joint military command in Iraq issued a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, saying: “On Monday, the anti-IS military operations started in Anbar. The Iraqi army, backed by Special Forces and tribal fighters, launched the first attack against IS terrorists in the province.”
The statement did not give further details about the operation.
Iraqi officials revealed that freeing Fallujah city from IS militants is the first goal of the ongoing operation in Anbar.
Iraqi forces hit the IS-held cities of Fallujah and Ramadi with several rockets on Monday.
Speaking to ARA News, media worker Rezan Hamo said that to defeat IS jihadists, there should be coordination on a high level between all anti-IS forces and factions across Iraq.
“This operation could change the situation in central Iraq since several forces are cooperating to hit IS,” he said.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News