Abdul-Karim Mahmoud, mayor of the town of Annah, said the clearing of western Anbar from ISIS militants had been delayed due to explosive devices and landmines planted by the group at the entrances of Annah, as well as the existence of hundreds of civilian families at residential areas, IraqiNews reported.

“Annah is home to several families that migrated from western Anbar and Ramadi when they were still under Islamic State control,” the official said, pointing out shortages in food and medical supplies due to IS control over the town for three years.

Security sources in Anbar said three days ago that the recently-launched military operations, backed by tribal militias, had stopped until security troops consummate the liberation of Mosul, ISIS’ largest stronghold in Iraq that has been witnessing a more remarkable operation since October to drive out IS militants, the report continued.

 

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Too bad, they don’t use the three stars. That’s the REAL Iraqi flag and no, it’s not a Saddam thing. In fact those stars were adopted in 1963, Saddam seized power in 1979.