Iraqi army soldiers, supported by allied fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, have liberated dozens of villages across the country as they are engaged in a large-scale military operation to dislodge ISIS Takfiri terrorists from their last hideouts in the desert.

The commander of Upper Euphrates and al-Jazira Liberation Operations, Major General Abdul Amir Yarallah, said  that Hashd al-Sha’abi, had established control over Sheikhan and Sheikhanah villages south of al-Hatra district in the northern province of Nineveh. 

The 26th brigade of Hashd al-Sha’abi also managed to retake an air base southwest of Hatra, while the 11th brigade of Hashd al-Sha’abi managed to liberate Zubaidah village in al-Jazira region. Additionally, the units of the 9th Armored Division as well as the 2nd brigade of Hashd al-Sha’abi retook the Malaha area of Baiji district in the northern province of Salahuddin.

Later in the day, General Yarallah stated that government forces and Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters had seized back 77 villages in the second phase of the offensive aimed at clearing the vast desert near the border with Syria, which extends to northern provinces of Nineveh and Salahuddin and the western province of Anbar.

The combined liberation forces ended the first phase of the offensive on November 17, when they drove out ISIS extremists from the latter’s last urban stronghold in Iraq and raised the Iraqi flag over buildings in the western town of Rawah and nearby border areas north of the Euphrates River.

Armored personnel carriers and humvees of the Iraqi forces, supported by members of the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd al-Sha’abi), advance in the western desert in the northern Iraqi region of al-Hatra, 105 kilometers south of Mosul, on November 23, 2017, as they attempt to flush out remaining ISIS Takfiri terrorists in al-Jazira region straddling Salahuddin, Nineveh and Anbar provinces. (Photo by AFP)/

In the run-up to Mosul’s liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters had made sweeping gains against Daesh. The Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19, 2017.

After committing structural war crimes, some remaining parts of the isolated ISIS terror brigades have been airlifted out of the Middle East by US military helicopters and returned to their native countries in Europe, Saudi Arabia & Israel.

PressTV.com / AA Magnum Analyst Blog News-Site 2017.

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