Iraq: Regime says its troops have taken one of Islamic State’s last strongholds

Source: Los Angeles Times

“Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday that troops have retaken the northern town of Hawija from the Islamic State group, driving the extremists from one of their last strongholds in the country. Haider Abadi declared victory during a news conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron, who offered to help mediate between Iraq’s government and the autonomous Kurdish region, which voted for independence last week in a move that was rejected by Baghdad and neighboring Turkey and Iran. … Iraqi forces have driven Islamic State from nearly all the cities and towns it seized in the summer of 2014, including the country’s second-largest city, Mosul, which was liberated in July. The extremists are now mainly concentrated in a region straddling the Iraqi-Syrian border, and still control a cluster of towns in the far west of Iraq’s sprawling Anbar province.” (10/05/17)

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