Iraq’s key town on brink of full liberation: Source

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iraqi military source said Takfiri militant groups are on the verge of total defeat in Iraq’s strategic al-Doulab town in the face of army advances.

Iraqi armed forces have delivered severe blows to the Takfiri terrorists in al-Doulab town, which is located in the district of Hit, and are gearing up to fully liberate it from the clutches of the terrorists, Colonel Jamal Abd said on Saturday.

He added that the latest developments came after Iraqi forces managed to liberate the town’s T-junction and its western entrance from the control of the terrorists after heavy clashes with them in western Ramadi toward the district of Hit.

The militants have suffered major losses in the ongoing clashes, the colonel said, noting that mop-up operations are underway in the town.

Abd further said the town will be fully retaken from the terrorists in the coming hours.

Iraqi forces have managed to liberate key areas across Anbar and other provinces from the occupation of Daesh (ISIL) over the past months with the most notable being Anbar’s provincial capital of Ramadi, which was retaken two months ago.

Preparations are underway for the recapture of Fallujah, which is the second largest city in the sprawling province. Daesh has controlled Hit for the last 18 months.

The militants blitzed vast areas in western Iraq in summer of 2014 months after they captured territories in the north. Iraqi officials have vowed that they would purge Daesh from Iraqi soil in 2016.

By Tasnim News Agency