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Iraqi Security Forces Hunt Down ISIS Militants in Anbar

Iraq

The sixth phase of the anti-ISIS Will of Victory military operation conducted by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) is making progress in Anbar Province.

The sixth phase of the anti-ISIS Will of Victory operation was launched on Sunday and it has already made significant progress against the terrorist group in Anbar Province. Elements of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), in cooperation with the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU), have pursued ISIS enclaves and hideouts in the desert areas of Anbar, specifically the Masouliya area, as well as areas south of Tharthar Lake.

“Searching the desert is very necessary and it should not be neglected. If the desert is neglected, it will be filled with ISIS militants. The borders are not fully controlled, especially from the Syrian side. These operations must continue until security improves in Syria and the Syrian government controls its borders. After controlling the border from both sides, then we can rest assured”, noted an expert who is contributing to the military operations.

The anti-ISIS military operations are also being conducted in the provinces of Salahuddin, Kirkuk, Nineveh and Diyala. Following the announcement of the launch of the sixth phase of Will of Victory, on Monday morning, the Salahuddin Operations Command announced that they discovered and destroyed seven IS hideouts in the province.

The 6th Brigade of the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU, members of the Salahuddin Police and the Intelligence Units cooperated to kill 10 leading IS members in Salahuddin Province on Thursday. Four IS militants were also killed as a result of an Iraqi Air Force air strike in Salahuddin.

The Ministry of Defence reported on Thursday that five IS militants in western Mosul have been arrested, two of whom were allegedly part of the “Hisba” while the other three were members of the Diwan al-Jund (Soldier’s Department).

The anti-ISIS Will of Victory operations were launched by the ISF in July in order to track and exterminate the remnants of the terrorist group, which remained scattered across the country, but have attempted to re-organise themselves in remote sleeper cells following their dramatic demise after the liberation of Mosul and other territories formerly held by ISIS.