According to reports, Iraqi soldiers retook a border crossing with Syria from Daesh, the terrorist group known as ISIS. Additionally, the road between al-Qaim in Iraq and Albu-Kamal in Syria was recaptured by the Iraqi army and Iran-backed Shiite militias.
The operation involves 40,000 Iraqi soldiers, Sunni tribal forces and the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilisation force. They overcame the terrorists' first line of defense on the Husseiba – Karabil line and entered the city, taking the nearby heights.
Iraqi forces enter last Daesh bastion in the country, military commanders say— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) 3 ноября 2017 г.
According to the Shiite militia, during the first hours of the offensive, it successfully managed to attack a number of settlements directly adjacent to the city of al-Qaim.
On Thursday, the troops established control over 85% of the border area.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi last week announced the launch of an operation to liberate the cities of al Qaim and Rawa, calling them the last bulwarks of terrorists in the country. The cities are in the province of Anbar in the west of Iraq, near the Syrian border.
In September, the Iraqi armed forces launched an operation to liberate the city of Akashat, which is located in the west of Iraq — near al Qaim.