The Iraqi PMU (popular mobilization unit ) has confirmed that the number of Da’esh (ISIS) losses during the 16 day battle in Salahuddin have exceeded more than 200 dead; while in the provincial capital of Al-Anbar, the ISIS casualties have exceeded more than 270 dead.
The Iraqi PMU added that in the Diyala Governorate, the ISIS casualties numbered at least 80 dead and dozens of others wounded in different parts of this province
Iraqi forces also helped a large number of families escape from the ISIS controlled city of Hawija ( 250 km north of Baghdad) ،
A source added, that a joint security force rescued 70 families fleeing from the terrorist organization in Hawija, towards the city of Al-Alim east of Tikrit; this report confirmed that the majority of the families include women and children.
A military expert on armed groups – Hashem al-Hashemi – stated that ISIS used to control an area of about 238,000 km2 in Iraq and Syria; however, following their losses, they control less than 180 000 km 2 after conceding the provinces of Diyala and Salahuddin; and most of the province of Kirkuk, except Hawija and losing 30%, from the nearby areas of the province of Nineveh, which is at the gates of Al-Anbar.
Al-Hashimi added that the ISIS has transferred military material to several neighborhoods, mosques, churches, public hospitals, health centers, schools, colleges, water purification plants, and municipal buildings that provide human services in order to obstruct the daily lives of citizens and to prevent the international coalition and Iraqi Air Force airstrikes.
A military source stated on the condition of anonymity that the Iraqi Air Force targeted several arms depots that belonged to the groups allied to ISIS in Hawija.
The source added that the ISIS gangs are still trapped in the city of Hawijah and Sharqat.
Iraqi forces have experienced significant progress along all axes against ISIS after the liberation of several important areas in Ramadi, Diyala and Baiji.