Army, allies to retake Hawijah from IS terrorists soon: Iraqi PM
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has stated that army troops, backed by allied Kurdish forces of Peshmerga, will soon launch a multi-pronged operation to liberate the city of Hawijah in the oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk from Islamic State (IS) terrorists.

Addressing reporters during a weekly press briefing in the capital Baghdad on Wednesday, Abadi stated that government forces, in full cooperation with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, will eventually retake the town, located 45 kilometers west of the provincial capital city of Kirkuk, and drive the IS militants out of the area, al-Sumaria television network reported.

According to Press TV he added that Iraqi army troops will then seek to recapture the still militant-held areas in the western province of Anbar.

The IS terrorists took control of Hawijah after capturing Mosul and several other Iraqi cities in mid-2014.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Abadi touched on the forthcoming independence referendum in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

“Holding a referendum without paying attention to the forecast results translates as the deliberate deceit of people,” the Iraqi prime minister pointed out.

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 16937  |  Date: 2017/09/07  |  Time: 8 : 55

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