Security forces expel ISIS from key district in Iraq’s Anbar

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Iraqi Security Forces Liberate Hit district in the northwestern province of Anbar. File photo

ARA News

ERBIL – Iraqi army forces announced Thursday the liberation of the key district of Hit in Iraq’s northern province of Anbar from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) after several months of fighting.  

Local media sources confirmed that the Iraqi army forces have caused the ISIS group heavy losses in manpower and equipment during the las few days. 

On the other hand, the Iraqi security forces were able to capture a number of jihadis during confrontations with the militant group, while a number of civilians were killed and injured in the mutual bombings between ISIS and the Iraqi forces, according to local activists.

Speaking to ARA News in Anbar, media activist Hamid Omari said that the anti-terrorism security forces, backed by Iraqi tribal groups, finalized Thursday the liberation of the Hit district from ISIS militants. 

Iraqi Maj. Gen. Sami Arda, the 3rd special operations’ commander, emphasized the importance of liberating the Hit district from ISIS fist on Thursday.

“The military official of Daesh, Raed Mounir al-Zubaidi, was killed in the battle for Hit along with three of his escorts while trying to flee towards the nearby desert, after being attacked by the security forces,” the source told ARA News, using an acronym for ISIS. 

The ISIS hardline group has recently lost much of its power, especially after the US-led coalition forces intensified airstrikes on financial resources and leadership centers in both Syria and Iraq, according to observers.

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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