The Iraqi Army’s 10th Division, backed by the Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd Al-Sha’abi), liberated the last Islamic State (ISIS) bastion in the Al-Anbar Governorate on Sunday after a two-week long battle along the Euphrates River.
Jazirat Al-Khalidiyah (Khalidiyah Island) was under the Islamic State’s control for over two years before the Iraqi Armed Forces finally pushed back the terrorist group to the Nineveh Governorate.
The capture of Al-Khalidiyah on Sunday has opened the highway between the two strategic cities of Fallujah and Al-Ramadi, leaving the Islamic State with no presence between them.
With east Al-Anbar under their control, the Iraqi Armed Forces will turn their attention to the Mosul front and the strategic Al-Qa’im border-crossing into Syria.
The fight for Al-Qa’im will be one of the most important battles to take place inside of Iraq in the coming weeks, as this is one of the Islamic State’s last border-crossings between Syria and Iraq.