Iraq deploys reinforcements for new Anbar push

More troops are deployed to Anbar province as Iraq hopes to retake it from the ISIL group

Iraq deploys reinforcements for new Anbar push

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraq deployed reinforcements to a military base in Anbar on Monday for an impending operation against the ISIL group in the western province, a senior officer said.

ISIL overran large parts of Anbar province in 2014, but Iraqi forces recaptured provincial capital Ramadi from the extremists and are now setting their sights on areas farther up the Euphrates river valley.

"Major military reinforcements... arrived today to the Ain al-Asad base," army Major General Ali Ibrahim Daboun said.

The forces from the counter-terrorism service and police will take part in an operation in the coming days to retake the town of Heet and the nearby Kubaisa area, Daboun said.

The Al-Asad base is located northwest of those areas, while Ramadi, where government forces are also deployed, lies to its southeast.

ISIL overran swathes of Iraq in 2014, but its forces have since regained significant ground from the extremists with the help of U.S.-led air strikes.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Şubat 2016, 15:54