Iraq launches op­er­a­tion near Syr­ian bor­der

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An Iraqi mil­i­tary com­man­der says troops have launched a mul­ti­pronged op­er­a­tion to cap­ture a town near the Syr­ian bor­der from the Is­lamic State group.

Lt. Gen. Ab­dul-Amir Rasheed Yar Al­lah said Satur­day the op­er­a­tion to lib­er­ate Akashat aims at se­cur­ing part of the bor­ders and the area north of the vi­tal high­way that links Bagh­dad to neigh­bor­ing Jor­dan and Syria.

The spokesman for the Joint Mil­i­tary Com­mand, Brig. Gen. Yahya Ra­sool, says the U.S.-led coali­tion is of­fer­ing aerial sup­port for dif­fer­ent fac­tions of troops.

Akashat is a small town west of An­bar prov­ince lo­cated south of the IS-held, strate­gic towns of Qaim, Rawa and Ana.

IS has been driven out of most of the ter­ri­to­ries it seized in 2014, from north­ern Iraq through the coun­try’s cen­ter and across west­ern An­bar prov­ince.

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