Iraqi PM raises flag at ISIL-free crossing with Syria

On Friday, Iraqi forces drove ISIL from Al-Qaim city near Syrian border -- their last stronghold in western Anbar province

Iraqi PM raises flag at ISIL-free crossing with Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday raised the Iraqi flag over the newly-liberated city of Al-Qaim and Husaybah border crossing with Syria.

According to a statement issued by al-Abadi’s office, the prime minister visited the area and flied the national flags during a ceremony.

Al-Abadi praised Iraqi government forces' role in the retake of Al-Qaim from ISIL terrorist group, attributing their success to “their dedication”.

Hashd al-Shaabi and the forces of Iraqi central government conducted a joint military plan to take control of Syrian border in Anbar, Kazim Abd al-Waheed, a commander of the pro-government Hashd al-Shaabi militia, told Anadolu Agency.

Located two kilometers from Al-Qaim city and 410 kilometers west of provincial capital Ramadi, the Husaybah crossing links the Iraqi city of Al-Qaim to the town of Abu Kamal in Syria’s Deir ez-Zour province.

On Friday, Iraqi forces moved into and captured Al-Qaim near the Syrian border with a view to driving ISIL terrorists from their last remaining stronghold in Iraq’s western Anbar province.

“Army troops backed by Hashd al-Shaabi fighters and Arab tribal volunteers have completely liberated Al-Qaim’s city center,” Army Colonel Walid al-Duleimi said.

“The Iraqi national flag has been raised over the city’s local government headquarters,” he added.

Last month, Al-Qaim became the last ISIL-held Iraq-Syria border crossing after Iraqi forces retook the Al-Walid and Rabia crossings, respectively located in Anbar and the Nineveh province.

Last month, the Iraqi army began a wide-ranging campaign aimed at capturing the cities of Rawa and Al-Qaim, ISIL’s last remaining redoubts in Anbar province.

The notorious terrorist group has recently suffered a string of crushing defeats in both Iraq and Syria after overrunning vast swathes of territory in both countries in 2014.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Kasım 2017, 00:28