Iraq forces push into IS bastion Hawija

Iraq forces push into IS bastion of Hawija, says commander

Iraq launched an offensive on September 21 to dislodge Islamic State from the area north of Baghdad where up to 78,000 people were estimated to be trapped, according to the United Nations.

Iraqi forces have captured Islamic State's last stronghold in northern Iraq, the military said on Thursday, leaving the militant group holed up in pockets of land by the Syrian border, across which its self-proclaimed "caliphate" once stretched.

Hawija has been an insurgent bastion since soon after the US-led invasion of 2003.

The office added that humanitarian agencies had set up checkpoints, camps and emergency sites ready to accommodate the thousands who could flee.

The jihadist group still controls large parts of the valley in the neighbouring Syrian province of Deir al-Zour, but it is under pressure there from Syrian pro-government forces and a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters.

Lieutenant General Paul Funk, the commanding general of the coalition in Iraq, said: "Our Iraqi partners fought bravely and professionally against a brutal and determined enemy, safeguarding innocent civilians throughout the entire campaign".

He said that the fight against IS is now focused on the border zone with Syria.

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Haider al-Abadi declared victory during a joint news conference with French leader Emmanuel Macron in Paris, calling it "a victory not just for Iraq, but for the whole world".

The area's population is deeply hostile both to the government in Baghdad and to the Kurds who form the historic majority in adjacent areas.

Hamza al-Abboudi was killed when IS militants fired a mortar shell on his locations when troops were invading the centre of Hawija, located near the oil city of Kirkuk, IraqiNews said.

Security sources said government forces had retaken areas along the Tikrit-Kirkuk highway south of Hawija that had been under IS control for three years.

At one point it controlled almost a third of Iraqi territory. The town became the main stronghold of the terror group in the region after the Iraqi army regained control of Mosul in July.

Provincial civil defence chief General Fawzi Yassin said it had taken until Thursday to clear almost 1,000 mines and booby-traps that the militants had planted in and around Anna.

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