Iraqi Forces, Hashid Al-Shaabi Make Further Progress Against Isis In Anbar

Iraqi Forces, Hashid Al-Shaabi Make Further Progress Against Isis In Anbar

Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), commonly known as Hashid Shaabi, and the Iraqi army have made further inroads in the western province of Anbar in their latest push against the Islamic State (ISIS).

The mainly Shia Hashid al-Shaabi attacked multiple ISIS hideouts with artillery in the city of al-Khaldiyah, located about 83 kilometers (50 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad, and pushed into the small village in the territory.

A few weeks ago, Iraqi forces raised the national flag on the main government complex in Fallujah after an offensive lasting several weeks.

The assault was part of a wider offensive against ISIS, which seized swathes of territory in 2014 but is now being driven back by an array of forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition.

On Saturday (July 30) Iraq's defense minister, Khaled al-Obeidi said many ISIS leaders have fled the city of Mosul with their families toward Syria ahead of a planned offensive by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on the city.

The Islamic State has lost at least half the territory it seized in Iraq in 2014.

The group has also lost territory in Syria, where it emerged amid a civil war which is now in its sixth year, but U.S.-backed rebel forces there have had less success in beating it back.