Iraqi forces recapture Qaim from ISIS in four days

Iraqi forces seized the district of al-Qaim on Sunday, one of the last territories in the country held by the Islamic State, announced Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi who visited the area after his release.

In a congratulatory statement, Abadi praised Iraqi security forces for liberating the district “in record time” of four days.

“Without the sacrifices of the armed forces, this would not have been achieved,” Abadi said during his visit during which he raised the Iraqi flag above the Husaibah crossing point on the Syrian border.

The Prime Minister also visited the district of Haditha, 200 kilometers from Ramadi, which the Islamic State only managed to occupy in small areas.

The Rawa district and some remote desert areas still remain under ISIS control.

Military sources said the forces liberated Qaim instead of Rawa after intelligence reports revealed that ISIS was entrenched among civilians in Rawa, which will complicate liberation efforts.

Sources said military operations in western Iraq are aimed at clearing Qaim and Rawa of ISIS, controlling the border with Syria and combing large areas in Ratba district, reaching the border with Karbala, southeast of al-Anbar.

The Joint Operations Directorate issued a statement explaining that the forces sought to liberate areas west of Anbar and south of the Euphrates from ISIS and control areas on the road between Akshat al-Qaim to the strategic road.

The operation’s commander, Lt. Gen. Abdulamir Yarallah, said they now have full control of the Hasiba border between Iraq and Syria. He was previously responsible for leading operations to liberate Mosul, Tal Afar and al-Hawijah.

Units from the Iraqi army, air force, counter-terrorism services (CTS), national security, intelligence and security participated in the operations, while the international coalition provided air support and missiles.

The CTS and Tribal Mobilization Units took part in most operations against ISIS.

The joint operations targeted several vital and strategic areas, including: Saad Airbase, the old railway station, the Akkaz gas fields, the Qaim cement factory, the southern and northern airports of Ratba, and the public factory of phosphate and its complex, in addition to several strategic and main sites. roads.

The leaders’ statement also said that around 500 ISIS terrorists were killed in the operations west of Anbar and dozens of their vehicles were destroyed.

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