BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:35 P.M.) – The Iraqi Armed Forces launched a large-scale offensive in western Iraq, today, targeting the Islamic State’s (IS) last pocket along the Syrian border.

Led by the army and Hashd Al-Sha’abi, the Iraqi Armed Forces scored massive gains across the western countryside of Iraq, liberating several villages that were occupied by the Islamic State for years.

According to a military report, the Iraqi Army liberated at least 7,000 square kilometers of territory between the Saleheddine, Nineveh, and Al-Anbar governorates.

Meanwhile, their counterparts from Hashd Al-Sha’abi managed to liberate at least 4,300 square kilometers of occupied territory themselves.

All in all, the Islamic State’s last pocket in western Iraq has shrunk in half, leaving the remaining terrorists confined to a small region on the Syrian border.

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