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Iraqi forces announce recapture of 70 per cent of regions occupied by extremists

With the continuously increasing number of recaptured regions, the figures occupied and controlled by the IS has dropped to less than 15 per cent. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Fallujah, Iraq Jul 05, 2016, 04.01 AM (IST)
Iraqi forces announced that they had successfully liberated Fallujah and many other regions such as central Iraqi's Ramadi and Rutba at the end of June, accounting for 70 per cent of the overall amount of regions that had been taken over by extremists.

The Iraqi troops have been focused on clearing explosives such as the landmines which the Islamic State (IS) group left behind in those recaptured areas in the west of Iraq, such as Al Anbar Province and Fallujah. The troops have also continued to crackdown on extremists in north Iraq's Salah ad Din Province and the southern areas of Nineveh province.

According to Faleh al-Fayad, the Iraqi National Security adviser, currently military action in the western and northern regions is moving smoothly. Once the military mission ends in the Al Anbar Province, the Prime Minister and commander in chief of the Armed Forces Dr Haider Al-Abadi will redeploy forces to support the future recapture of the northern Iraqi's Mosul.

"After the Iraqi government completely recaptures the entire Al Anbar Province and relieves the threat in the western area of Iraqi's capital Baghdad, the entire armed forces will face redeployed into other regions. This will provide a sufficient back-up military force for the commander in chief of the armed forces," said Faleh al-Fayad, Iraqi national security adviser.

Official figures showed that the Iraqi territories that were occupied and controlled under the IS accounted for 42 per cent of the total areas, but with the continuously increasing number of recaptured regions, the figure has dropped to less than 15 per cent.

"As the Iraqi defense minister noted, I believe the territories that are occupied by (IS) account for less than 15 per cent of the total area, and these regions mainly distributed in the Nineveh province, the desert area of the border between Iraq and Syria and partial areas in Al Anbar Province. And these figures continue to fall each month," said Faleh al-Fayad.

(Reuters)
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