Central Iraqi town of Khalidiya cleansed of Daesh terrorists, plans to recapture Mosul continue

ANADOLU AGENCY
ANBAR, Iraq
Published 28.08.2016 09:50
Updated 28.08.2016 09:51
Smoke rises as Iraqi security forces backed by allied Shiite Popular Mobilization forces and Sunni tribal fighters attack Islamic State positions at Khalidiya Island in Anbar province, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016.emAP Photo/em
Smoke rises as Iraqi security forces backed by allied Shiite Popular Mobilization forces and Sunni tribal fighters attack Islamic State positions at Khalidiya Island in Anbar province, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. AP Photo

Another town in war-torn Iraq has been recaptured from Daesh terrorist group, 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 terrorist group 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 U.S.-led airstrikes, recaptured Qayyara and Makhmour districts near Mosul.

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
DAILY SABAH RECOMMENDS