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Assault on last IS-held Iraq pocket

11 November, 2017 2:42 PM
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Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Saturday to retake the last pocket of territory in the country still held by the Islamic State, the operation’s commander said.

The Euphrates valley town of Rawa and nearby villages were bypassed by government troops and allied militia when they retook the Syrian border town of Al-Qaim last week.

Troops backed by militia recruited among the region’s Sunni Arab tribes “launched a major offensive to liberate Rumana and the Rawa area,” General Abdelamir Yarallah said.

Rumana is on the north side of the Euphrates just across from Al-Qaim.


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