DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:50 P.M.) – The Iraqi Army’s seasoned 9th Division, heavily reinforced by the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) and Kata’ib Hezbollah, are zeroing in on Al-Qaim, the last major Iraqi city which remains under Islamic State control.
Brand new footage released by the PMU media wing shows a massive convoy of technicals and armored vehicles heading through the desert of Anbar Province towards Al-Qaim, looking to crush the last pocket of ISIS territory in the war-torn nation:
According to a military source close to Al-Masdar News, Iraqi generals have planned a large-scale pincer offensive which aims to push towards Al-Qaim from both the southern and northern side of the border with Syria.
In the same time, a mechanized push is underway westwards along M12 highway – running parallel to the Euphrates River – in a military endeavour which eventually will lead government troops to the gates of the last Islamic State stronghold, allowing them to launch the long-awaited assault on Al-Qaim from three axes.
Remarkably, the US-led coalition will provide Iraqi forces air support against ISIS although a large chunk of the government fighting force consists of Iranian-aligned paramilitary elements.
Anbar Governorate has been a hotbed for jihadists since the US Army invaded the country and toppled Saddam Hussein back in 2003.
With ISIS facing overwhelming odds in terms of manpower and weaponry, the province is likely to be fully restored under government control within the next three months.