BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:05 P.M.) – The Iraqi Army began an important military operation in the western countryside of the Al-Anbar Governorate on Thursday, striking the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS) near the Haditha Dam area.

Backed by the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi), the Iraqi Armed Forces will push from Haditha to the nearby village of Anah, which is located near the Syrian border-crossing.

Once Anah is secured, the Iraqi Armed Forces will only have a few more sites to liberate before reaching the strategic border-city of Al-Qa’im; this is the Islamic State’s most important crossing into Syria.

If Al-Qa’im is lost, the Islamic State will no longer have a direct crossing into the Syrian town of Abukamal, another one of their strongholds.

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TheWolf
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2017-01-05 14:16

Unfortunately Iraq lacks the political leadership to be effective against Isis. Yes, the Popular mobilisation Units and other armed forces are battling heroically and are winning, but they could be so much more effective if they have the political support of the government. Right now, at this very minute, there are members of Iraqi parliament who are sympathetic to Isis and who are more loyal to Saudi Arabia and Turkey than to Iraq. They plot against the Iraqi people, yet the spineless Iraqi leadership does not do anything about them- the reason is that these leaders are in power because… Read more »

hestroy
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hestroy
2017-01-05 15:44
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It’s time to hang these wahhabists.

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Unknown
2017-01-05 19:09
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Reversing and Stopping De-Baathification altogether would be a good start. That policy gave the Wahhabis power in the first place and did NOTHING for secularism in Iraq. The Baath were at least secular leaning. Believe it or not, Saddam was more of a leader than those crappy politicians. I know it’s hard to stomach but he knew how to take out the trash. He also punished Wahhabis too. Even former US soliders admitted there weren’t such trash in Iraq before.

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jens holm
2017-01-06 02:08
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Saddams took out everybody, they didnt like. Its not possible a country can have so much trash as he killed, tortuered and jailed.

He also made many deads by wars at Iran as well as Kuwait.

Its no better know, but the lines of dead are.

Janjak Desalin 1804
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Janjak Desalin 1804
2017-01-05 21:24

taking al qa’im would greatly benefit the garrison at deir ez zor. good speed!

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux
2017-01-06 00:10

“important offensive to seal Syrian border”
=> Very good news!