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Govt. forces make fresh gains against Daesh in northern Iraq

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iraqi government forces stand next to their vehicles as they hold a position southwest of the city of Fallujah, near Amiriyah Fallujah, on June 21, 2016. (© AFP)

Iraqi government forces have made new advances in the northern province of Nineveh in their latest push against the Takfiri Daesh terrorists, who are wreaking havoc in the Arab country.

Troops pressed ahead in the town of Qayyarah where its strategic location and an airfield there make it ideal for a final push to liberate Mosul, which serves as Daesh's de facto capital in Iraq.

Mosul fell into the hands of the Takfiri terrorists in June 2014 when they began their offensive in Iraq.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has promised that the liberation of Mosul is very close as it is the “next destination” of the army in its campaign to flush the militants out of the country.

Elsewhere in the western Anbar province, Iraqi aircraft bombarded four Daesh hideouts in the city of al-Khaldiyah, located about 83 kilometers (50 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad.

An unknown number of Daesh militants were reportedly killed or injured in the aerial attacks, and three vehicles destroyed.

 Iraqi forces check a building in the al-Dhubat II neighborhood of Fallujah as they try to clear the city of Daesh terrorists on June 19, 2016. (© AFP)

Additionally, Iraq's security forces purged al-Ajarebiyah and al-Hassi districts south of Fallujah, located roughly 69 kilometers (43 miles) west of Baghdad, of Daesh militants.

Last week, Iraqi forces raised the national flag on the main government complex in Fallujah after a weeks-long offensive.

Iraqi security forces also liberated Hajj Ali village, which lies south of the al-Shirqat town in the northern Salahuddin province, on Wednesday.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since Daesh terrorists mounted an offensive in the country in June 2014.

Iraqi forces, backed by volunteer forces, have been pushing the militants out of the country.

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