BAGHDAD, IRAQ (8:45 P.M.) – The Iraqi Army, backed by popular committees, launched a large-scale offensive around the country on Monday, targeting the last Islamic State pockets in eastern Al-Anbar and the key town of Al-Shirqat in the Salehiddeen Governorate.
The Iraqi Army began the offensive at Al-Shirqat by liberating several villages from the Islamic State terrorists after overrunning their positions on Monday morning.
According to the Iraqi Army’s Central Command, their forces liberated the villages Mashili, Jad’an Al-Shabali, Al-Jamilah Al-Jadidah, Sweidan, and ‘Itha near Al-Shirqat.
The Iraqi Army is now at the outskirts of Al-Shirqat, where the Islamic State has built their final line of defense in preparation for this large-scale assault.
Should the Islamic State lose Al-Shirqat to the Iraq Army in the coming days, then they will be in serious trouble at Mousl because the government forces will have a large presence along the Baghdad-Mosul Highway.