Iraqi Forces Liberate Center Of Hawija from Isis

Iraqi Forces Liberate Center Of Hawija from Isis

Iraqi security forces announced on Thursday (October 5) the liberation of the center of Hawija district from the Islamic State (ISIS).

Hawija Operations Command said Iraqi forces continue advancing to liberate other areas around the district of Hawija.

Iraqi forces and Hashid al-Shaabi entered the center of Hawija from western and eastern sides after they began an operation to liberate the center of Hawija and its surrounding areas early on Wednesday.

Security forces began moving toward Hawija two days after the forces recaptured the Rashad airbase, 30 kilometers to the south, which was used by the militants as a training camp and logistic site.

Iraqi forces launched an operation against ISIS after the Iraqi Premier announced the first phase of the operation to liberate Hawija and surrounding areas on September 21.

The Iraqi forces, deployed north and west of Hawija district, pushed southward along the Tigris River, after clearing the first lines of defense by midday.

Hawija, north of Baghdad, and a stretch along the Syrian border, west of the Iraqi capital, are the last pieces of territory still in the hands of ISIS in the country. The group took control of about a third of Iraq in 2014.