BAGHDAD, IRAQ (8:55 A.M.) – The Iraqi Army, alongside the Federal Police and Liwaa Salahiddeen (Hashd Al-Sha’abi), arrived at the southwestern part of the Kirkuk Governorate on Monday evening in order to partake in the upcoming Hawija offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).

Photo courtesy of Bassam Nasrallah
Iraqi forces arrive in the Kirkuk Governorate Bassam Nasrallah

The primary objective for this upcoming offensive is to seize one of the last strongholds for the Islamic State in central Iraq.

Due to Hawija’s proximity to the strategic city of Tikrit, this offensive will not only expel ISIS from Kirkuk-Salahiddeen border, but also, build a buffer-zone around the aforementioned provincial capital.

This battle is expected to start in the next 72 hours, as the Iraqi Armed Forces make their final preparations at the outskirts of Hawija.

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