Just days after the Iraqi Army captured Shirqat, ISIS militants are now trying to retake the town which is located at the Tigris River between Mosul and Baghdad.
Yesterday, Amaq Agency released footage of jihadists striking an Iraqi tank near Shirqat:
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At daybreak on Saturday, ISIS militants began a major offensive on the outskirts of Shirqat, causing the Iraqi Army and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) to withdraw from several checkpoints near the town.
It now transpires that ISIS militants are storming Shirqat while fierce clashes are reported inside the town itself.
According to Amaq Agency, Iraqi troops are retreating from the town as we speak although this cannot be independently verified by Al-Masdar News.
Shirqat is viewed as a stepping stone for the Iraqi Army ahead of the highly anticipated Mosul offensive, Iraq’s second largest city, which the Iraqi Prime Minister has vowed to liberate before the end of 2016.