Iraq claims town near Syr­ian bor­der

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

BAGH­DAD: Iraqi forces on Saturday claimed con­trol of a western town near the Syr­ian bor­der from IS, hours af­ter they started a ma­jor of­fen­sive against the ex­trem­ist group there. The govern­ment forces and tribal fight­ers have “com­pletely lib­er­ated” the town of Akashat, a me­dia cen­tre linked to the op­er­a­tion said, ac­cord­ing to state tele­vi­sion Al Iraqia. “Mop-up op­er­a­tions are still un­der way,” the cen­tre added in a state­ment with­out fur­ther de­tails. Ear­lier on Saturday, a mil­i­tary of­fi­cial an­nounced the start of the cam­paign sup­ported by a US-led air al­liance.

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