Iraq sends troops to Anbar to fight ISIL

State television shows hundreds of military vehicles and soldiers advancing towards Iraq’s western border with Syria

Iraq sends troops to Anbar to fight ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Iraqi army division has been deployed to the Al-Ratba district near the Syrian border in the western Anbar province to fight the ISIL terrorist group, Iraq’s Defense Ministry announced Friday evening.

Iraqi state television broadcast footage showing hundreds of military vehicles and soldiers moving towards western Anbar’s border region, where ISIL enjoys a significant presence.

The deployment includes three brigades, numbering some 3,000 troops, in addition to hundreds of armored vehicles and combat tanks, according to Iraqi state television.

"We have drawn up a plan to liberate ISIL-held areas in Al-Rutba and Aali al-Furat, including Al-Qaim, Anah and Rawa, all of which are situated along the Iraq-Syria border," Brigadier-General Yahya Rasul, a spokesperson for the Iraqi army’s Joint Operations Command, said.

Western Anbar’s strategic border area was captured by ISIL some two years ago. Late last year, Iraqi security forces retook Ramadi -- Anbar’s provincial capital -- although several areas surrounding the city are still held by the terrorist group.

Iraqi forces are currently waging a broad military campaign aimed at expelling ISIL militants from Anbar province, while also advancing north to the city of Mosul, ISIL’s main stronghold in the country.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Ekim 2016, 14:42