The security committee of al-Anbar Council announced on Saturday that the Iraqi army and the Popular Mobilization Forces have liberated the town of Kubaysa from Takfiri ISIL terrorists.

Member of the committee, Rajeh Barakat said that the allied forces took full control of Kubaysa, adding that ISIL insurgents fled the area, Iraqi media reported.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi army and the PMF evacuated about 600 families who were taken by ISIL as hostages.

Earlier on Saturday, the allied forces launched a broad operation to retake Hit and Kubaysa, strategic areas in Anbar.

Led by the elite Counter-Terrorism Service, forces from the police, army and PMF were making a final push to retake Hit, 145 kilometers (90 miles) west of Baghdad, from ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

“They have begun a broad operation to liberate,” Major General Ali Ibrahim Daboun, the head of the Al-Jazeera Operations Command, told AFP.

Kubaysa is a smaller town a few miles west of Hit, a key hub along the Euphrates that the Takfiris have controlled since October 2014.

Daboun said Iraqi security forces and PMF had retaken a cement plant west of Kubaysa and raised the Iraqi flag there.

Al-Asad military air base, which houses a large contingent of US and other foreign military advisers, lies around 35 kilometers northwest of Hit.

Iraq’s security forces launched a final push against ISIL in Anbar’s provincial capital Ramadi late last year and established full control over the city last month.

 

AFP

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