MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the prime minister of Iraq's press service, the Iraqi Army's operation aimed at clearing the "odious aggressors" of western Anbar province and Anah city. The operation began at dawn on Tuesday, the press service noted.
Operations to liberate western Anbar began near Anah at dawn today. We will retake every last bit of Iraqi territory from the enemy— Haider Al-Abadi (@HaiderAlAbadi) 19 сентября 2017 г.
Prior to that, the Iraqi government forces were said to have regained control over 90 percent of the Iraqi territory from Daesh. As a result of the army's actions, more than 2.2 million refugees managed to return to their homes, the Iraqi officials said.
Daesh seized large territories in northern and western parts of Iraq in 2014, provoking a wave of violence and instability in the country. Since then, Iraqi government troops have managed to recapture the major cities, such as Tal Afar and Mosul.