Moments ago, news broke out that Iraqi Army’s 9th Armored Division captured Ajhala village, north of the recently Qayyarah Airbase around noon today.
Assisting the 9th Division were the elite Iraqi Special Forces and the Popular Mobilization untis (PMU). US advisors were also highly involved in the offensive according to Khalid Al-Obeidi, Iraq’s Defense Minister.
This massive advance cut off ISIS’s supply lines from the Hawija bastion to the rest of the Islamic State-held territories. Thereby, over a hundred villages are now besieged along with hundreds if not thousands of ISIS terrorists cut off from Mosul and Syria.
This development may be the biggest blow to the IS terror group this year. Losing Fallujah, Hit, Ramadi, Shaddadi, Rutba, and soon Manbij, ISIS have never been in a more dire and desperate state as their fronts collapse one by one everywhere.