Another town in war-torn Iraq has been recaptured from Daesh, the country’s prime minister said Sunday.
Khalidiya town in Anbar province has been cleansed of Daesh militants, Haider al-Abadi said.
Meanwhile, at least five soldiers and nine militants were killed in clashes Sunday between Daesh and Iraqi troops in Anbar and Saladin provinces, Colonel Walid al-Dulaimi from the Anbar military command said.
Iraqi forces have been battling Daesh in an attempt to retake territory captured by the militants 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 Daesh.
On Thursday, Iraqi troops, backed by US-led airstrikes, recaptured Qayyara and Makhmour districts near Mosul.
By Fatma Bülbül
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