Members of the pro-government Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, have managed to cleanse a number of villages in the country’s western province of Anbar during the fourth phase of a major offensive to hunt down remnants of the terrorist group of Daesh.
The media bureau of Hashd al-Sha’abi announced in a statement on Saturday that the 13th and 19th brigades of the volunteer forces had cleansed five villages south of al-Qa’im district, located nearly 400 kilometers northwest of the capital Baghdad and near the Syrian border, of Daesh extremists.
The statement added that the PMF fighters had reached the village of Badr al-Dorraj, emphasizing that Hashd al- Sha’abi forces, together with bomb disposal units, were making advances in Wadi Hauran desert region.
Hash al-Sha’abi forces later purged Badr al-Dorraj of the last pockets of Daesh terrorists and arrived at Abu al-Shandoukh village to flush out the terrorists there.
Earlier in the day, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced the start of the fourth phase of the Will of Victory Operation to defeat Daesh militants in the country’s western deserts.
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The media office of the Joint Operations Command said in a statement that the latest phase of the operation will end Daesh’s presence in Anbar province.
The operation incorporates various domestic forces, including the Anbar Operations Command, al-Jazira Operation Command, federal police, the army, the Popular Mobilization Forces, Border Guard Command, the Iraqi Air Force.
A statement by the media office of the Joint Operations Command said on August 5 that the Iraqi army, police and Hashd al-Sha’abi Forces, backed by the Iraqi Air Force fighter jets, had launched the third phase of the Will of Victory Operation in the eastern Diyala province and Nineveh province in the north.
The statement said the troops had begun search operations in rural areas near the towns of Miqdadiyah, Jalawla, and Khanaqin in Diyala province.
Also in Nineveh province, the troops commenced an operation to clear the rugged areas of al-Atshanah and the mountain ranges of Badush and Sheikh Ibrahim in west and northwest of the provincial capital city of Mosul.