Iraqi Forces Retake Hawija, ISIS' Last Stronghold in Iraq, says Military

Published October 5th, 2017 - 09:23 GMT
Hawija was one of two territories held by ISIS in Iraq (AFP/File Photo)
Hawija was one of two territories held by ISIS in Iraq (AFP/File Photo)

Iraq's military said on Thursday it has retaken the town of Hawija, the ISIS' last stronghold in northern Iraq.

The country's army and its allied Hashd al-Shaabi militia began advancing on the town on Wednesday, just days after capturing the Rashad airbase which had been used by ISIS militants as a training camp.

The Hawija offensive was launched in on Sept. 21 by Iraq's army as part of its drive to dislodge ISIS from the country.

Hawija was one of two territories held by ISIS in Iraq. The other area is along Iraq's western border with Syria.

Successive defeats this year in Tal Afar and now possibly in Hawija have dealt a huge blow to ISIS, which lost its Iraqi 'capital' of Mosul in July.

This latest victory for Iraqi forces, however, may not spell the end for the militant group in the country.

ith the Hamrin Mountains to the south-west of Hawija, it has been suggested that the militants could flee to the higher terrain and regroup to form an insurgency.

Given the seniority of some of the IS leaders that were in Hawija, the prospect of an insurgency being born out of the town's collapse is a real possibility.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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