Iraqi forces launch op to free city in western Anbar Province

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Iraqi navy forces and volunteer fighters have launched an operation to liberate the city of Rutbah in western Anbar Province from the Daesh terrorist group, the military says.

Iraq’s Joint Operations Command mentioned in a Monday assertion that particular forces, military troopers, police, border guards and volunteer Widespread Mobilization models are concerned within the operation to recapture the city, which has been held by the phobia group for the reason that summer season of 2014.

Tanks and artillery are collaborating within the offensive, which can be supported by Iraqi navy plane, it mentioned.

The northern and western components of Iraq have seen violence by Daesh for the reason that group started an offensive in Iraqi territory in June 2014.

In latest months, Daesh has been pushed out of a lot of the land it beforehand captured in Iraq in 2014. The terrorist group has suffered heavy losses in quite a few offensives by the Iraqi military and in style forces.

Iraqi forces have regained management of enormous components of Anbar, together with the provincial capital, Ramadi, and the city of Hit, however some components of the province, together with its second-largest metropolis Fallujah, are nonetheless underneath Daesh management.

Daesh chemical assaults

In the meantime, Australian deputy commander of worldwide troops in Iraq Brigadier Roger Noble warned on Saturday that Daesh may use chemical weapons in opposition to the Iraqi forces who’re making an attempt to shut in on the terrorist-held northern metropolis of Mosul.

“Chemical weapons are a part of the equation and the Iraqi military plans for and operates with that as a part of the equation. They might anticipate the complete raft of enemy capabilities to be employed,” he mentioned.

Daesh has reportedly been making an attempt to supply chemical weapons and is believed to have shaped a particular unit for chemical weapons analysis. Iraqi scientists working for executed dictator Saddam Hussein in addition to international consultants are mentioned to be working for the phobia group.

The extremist group has continuously used chemical weapons, together with chlorine and mustard gasoline, in its assaults on Kurdish individuals in northern Iraq.

On Might 9, Kurdish sources mentioned the terrorists launched a number of mortar rounds containing chlorine gasoline on the village of Bashir in Kirkuk Province. Scores of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters suffered short-term respiratory issues and nausea within the assault.

Again in March, Daesh militants launched two chemical assaults close to Kirkuk, killing a three-year-old woman and wounding a whole lot of individuals.

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