October 29th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– Al Mayadeen – – translated by Samer Hussein –
The Iraqi Forces are making rapid advancements towards the last ISIS stronghold of Al Qaim, a town located at the Syrian border.
According to the field reports, the Iraqi Forces are only 10 kilometers away from the town, with more than 60 percent of Jazeera area in Anbar province already being liberated on the third day of campaign.
“So far, dozens of villages in the vicinity of Al Qaim in western Anbar have been liberated”, Jaafar Al Husseini, the military spokesman for the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Iraq’s largest paramilitary group, was heard saying, adding that the battle to liberate Al Qaim will be over within a week.
Some local sources from the areas around Al Qaim said a great number of ISIS terrorists in the town are foreign citizens.
A military source from the PMU said the number of ISIS terrorists in the area is constantly decreasing, with the current estimates being around 400 and 500.
On Thursday, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi announced the launch of the military campaign to liberate Al Qaim from ISIS, noting that campaign will also focus on liberating other areas in western Anbar such as Rawa and a number of surrounding villages.
Meanwhile in Baghdad, three people were killed and 12 left wounded in a suicide terror attack that targeted the funeral procession in northern district of Mashahah.