The Iraqi Army has officially liberated the entire region between the strategic cities of Al-Hit and Al-Baghdadi in the Al-‘Anbar Governorate of western Iraq.
They were able to accomplish this feat after liberating the large desert village of Al-Doulab from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) on Tuesday evening.
With Doulab now under their control, the Iraqi Army’s 7th Division – backed by the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and local tribesmen – is at the gates of Al-Baghdadi, as ISIS continues their marathon style retreat across the desert.
Al-Baghdadi is an important military endeavor for the Iraqi Army because of its proximity to the ISIS strongholds of Haditha and Al-Qa’im.
More importantly, the liberation of Al-Baghdadi means that the Iraqi Armed Forces would be within 150 km of the Islamic State’s most imperative border-crossing.