DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:00 P.M.) – Following the liberation of Al-Qaim City and all ISIS-controlled territory on the southern bank of the Euphrates River, the Iraqi Armed Forces are swarming into the desert of Anbar, taking out a series of ISIS outposts and searching all over the place for jihadist fighters.

Footage released by the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) on Saturday shows armored vehicles pouring into the sparsely populated region and at one point in the video even capturing a dirt encampment which had ISIS flags clearly visible:

With the Islamic State no longer in control of any major cities, the Iraqi Army and PMU are pushing to liberate the last stretch of ISIS-held territory in the war-torn country.

Due to a series of rapid government pincers, ISIS has been pushed entirely back to the border with Syria with their remaining fighting force squeezed between the Anbar and Nineveh governorates.

An interactive map depicting the region can be found here.

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