World U.S.-Led Forces Clear ISIS From Much of Iraq

00:45  13 october  2017
00:45  13 october  2017 Source:   usnews.com

Iraq forces push into IS bastion of Hawija: commander

  Iraq forces push into IS bastion of Hawija: commander Iraqi forces pushed into the Islamic State group bastion of Hawija on Wednesday, stepping up their assault against one the jihadists' last enclaves in the country, the operation's commander said."With God's help, the army, the federal police and the rapid response force began a major operation on Wednesday to liberate the centre of Hawija and the neighbouring town of Riyadh," Lieutenant General Abdel Amir Yarallah said in a statement.

At least 95 percent of the territory in Iraq that was previously controlled by Islamic Stategroup forces has been cleared and some have even mentioned surrender as Iraqi Security Forces and U . S .- led coalition forces move closer to the complete liberation of the country, a U . S

More from U . S . News. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images). At least 95 percent of the territory in Iraq that was previously controlled by Islamic State group forces has been cleared and some have even mentioned surrender as Iraqi Security Forces and U . S .- led coalition forces move closer to the

Members of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries flash the victory gesture as they ride atop an infantry-fighting vehicle during the advance towards villages between the northern Iraqi cities of Hawija and Kirkuk on October 6, 2017, after the Iraqi forces retook Hawija from Islamic State (IS) group fighters a day before.: Members of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitaries advance toward villages between Hawija and Kirkuk on Oct. 6, 2017, after the Iraqi forces retook Hawija from Islamic State group fighters a day before.© (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images) Members of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitaries advance toward villages between Hawija and Kirkuk on Oct. 6, 2017, after the Iraqi forces retook Hawija from Islamic State group fighters a day before.

At least 95 percent of the territory in Iraq that was previously controlled by Islamic State group forces has been cleared and some have even mentioned surrender as Iraqi Security Forces and U.S.-led coalition forces move closer to the complete liberation of the country, a U.S. commanding general in Iraq said Thursday.

Speaking from Baghdad via video conference, Lt. Gen. Robert White, a commanding general in Iraq for the operation to fight the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, said that the terrorist group's forces are losing ground and even asking for surrender, which is "something you would not have seen a year ago."

"We were prisoners": American teen forced into ISIS speaks

  The 15-year-old grew up in Kansas, and misses the comforts of home: "There's a restaurant called Texas Roadhouse, they have steak there," she saidOn the edge of Raqqa, Williams encountered a group of women who have just escaped ISIS territory. One of them revealed she's American.

The rumors were untrue, but they were the first clear evidence that the U . S .- led campaign against ISIS has actually started to work. In the province of Salahuddin to the north of Baghdad, Iraqi forces and affiliated militias regained control of most of the town of Baiji, where Iraq ’s largest oil refinery is located.

Clearing ISIS from Iraq “is doable,” he says; Syria less so until Bashar Assad’s fate is sealed. The U . S .- led air strikes, and the Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces , have penned in ISIS . Iraqi forces have conducted 20 smaller ground offensives in recent months, and most of them have been “very

"Daesh is fighting for survival," said White, using an Arabic name for the Islamic State group. "They are losing, they know they're losing, and there's no way out."

According to the Combined Joint Task Force, the ISF liberated Hawija on Oct. 5 and more than 1,000 terrorists surrendered during the 14-day operation. More than 4 million Iraqis have been liberated across the country and, along with Mosul and Tal Afar, Hawija is the third major city to be liberated from ISIS control.

"The physical caliphate has been destroyed" and "it will be finished off in another part of the world here shortly," White said.

A number of remaining Islamic State group forces have been driven to the Euphrates River Valley in northern Iraq. When questioned about Islamic State group members crossing the border into Syria, White said that the Iraqi government has no intention of driving ISIS members out of Iraq and into Syria.

Britain's most wanted female terrorist dead: reports

  Britain's most wanted female terrorist dead: reports Britain’s most wanted female terrorist is believed to have been killed in a U.S. drone strike, according to local media. Sally Jones, who recruited female jihadis to join the Islamic State, died in Syria in June, according to the Sun and other media. It is possible that her 12-year-old son Joe, or Jojo, was also killed in the strike, according to the reports.

June 28, 2017 "Information Clearing House" -DAMASCUS – As the drive to push ISIS out of its remaining territories in Syria and Iraq rapidly advances Until, of course, U . S .- led forces entrenched themselves in al-Tanaf and blocked that path. The Syrians cleared most of the highway this year, but

More . Iraqi forces walk in front of an oil-production plant as they head toward the city of Kirkuk on Monday. U . S .- Led Forces Clear ISIS From Much of Iraq .

"Their intent is to kill them or capture them," said White.

As the number of Islamic State group forces gets smaller, White said, there are plans for coalition forces to remain in Iraq once the country is completely liberated and its borders are secure in order to provide assistance to the ISF and continue training military and police forces.

"There is an important role for the coalition" in the post-liberation Iraq, he said.

Any recommendations to stay will have to first be approved by the Iraqi government.

Operations to fight the terrorist group by coalition forces in Iraq began in October 2014. The U.S.-led coalition is made up of 23 countries.

Copyright 2017 U.S. News & World Report

Despite Raqa victory, US says IS fight not over .
The United States praised local Syrian forces Friday for a "milestone" victory in driving the Islamic State group from Raqa, but warned the war against the jihadists is far from over. IS had controlled the northern Syrian city since early 2014 and considered it to be the inner sanctum of its claimed "caliphate."US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a combination of Kurdish and Syrian Arab fighters, wrested control of Raqa this week after four months of fighting.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!