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Iraqi Army begins important offensive to seal Syrian border

The Iraqi Army began an important military operation in the western countryside of the Al-Anbar Governorate on Thursday, striking the so-called "Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham" (ISIS) near the Haditha Dam area.

Backed by the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha'abi), the Iraqi Armed Forces will push from Haditha to the nearby village of Anah, which is located near the Syrian border-crossing.

Once Anah is secured, the Iraqi Armed Forces will only have a few more sites to liberate before reaching the strategic border-city of Al-Qa'im; this is the Islamic State's most important crossing into Syria.

If Al-Qa'im is lost, the Islamic State will no longer have a direct crossing into the Syrian town of Abukamal, another one of their strongholds.

[Source: By Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar Al-'Arabi, 05Jan16]

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