BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 A.M.) – Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) will be participating in the upcoming Hawija offensive, the commander of this paramilitary group, Ahmad Al-Assadi, claimed during a press conference on Thursday.

Assadi stated that the Popular Mobilization Units will be a “main partner” in the upcoming battle at Hawija and all future operations in Iraq.

Hawija is one of the last strongholds for the Islamic State (ISIL) in Iraq; its proximity to the key cities of Baiji and Kirkuk makes it a top priority for the Iraqi Army’s High Command.

The operation to liberate Hawija is expected to take place in the coming days, as reinforcements continue to pour into this area.

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