Iraqi forces launch second phase of Hawijah liberation operation

Iraqi forces launch second phase of Hawijah liberation operation

The second phase of the military operation to liberate the northern town of al-Hawijah has been launched  by Iraqi Army, Press TV reported.


The commander of the operation, Major General Abdul Amir Yarallah, said the push, which began on Friday, features the army, the Federal Police, Rapid Response units, Counter-Terrorism teams and volunteer fighters with the Popular Mobilization Units, known as Hashd al-Sha’abi.

“A huge military operation has begun to liberate Hawijah and its surrounding areas,” said the commander, adding that the new offensive also focuses on the towns of al-Abbasi, Riyadh and Rashad to the west, east and south of Hawijah.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi also hailed the new stage of the Hawijah liberation , “As we promised the sons of our country, we are going to liberate every inch of Iraqi land and crush the Daesh terrorist gangs.”

“We are on the verge of a new victory to liberate the residents of these areas from those criminals,” said the premier.

The first phase started out on September 21, featuring operations aimed at freeing a Daesh enclave surrounding the town. It led to the recapture of the nearby town of Sharqat on its second day.














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