Central Iraqi town purged of ISIL, PM says

Haider al-Abadi says Khalidiya town cleared of terror group as army plans push to retake Mosul

Central Iraqi town purged of ISIL, PM says

World Bulletin / News Desk

Another town in war-torn Iraq has been recaptured from ISIL extremist group, the country’s prime minister said Sunday.

Khalidiya town in Anbar province has been cleansed of ISIL militants, Haider al-Abadi said.

Meanwhile, at least five soldiers and nine militants were killed in clashes Sunday between ISIL and Iraqi troops in Anbar and Saladin provinces, Colonel Walid al-Dulaimi from the Anbar military command said.

Iraqi forces have been battling ISIL in an attempt to retake territory captured by the extremist group in northern and western Iraq in 2014.

The army is currently planning to launch an offensive to recapture Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, from ISIL.

On Thursday, Iraqi troops, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, recaptured Qayyara and Makhmour districts near Mosul.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Ağustos 2016, 10:30