Iraq Launches Operation to Clear Desert Near Syria of ISIS

Iraqi forces have launched an operation to clear the desert bordering Syria of ISIS, in a final push to rid the country of the terrorist group, the military said.

Troops from the Iraqi army and Shi’ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) were taking part in the campaign against militants hiding in a large strip of border land, Iraqi military officials said.

‘The objective behind the operation is to prevent remaining Daesh groups from melting into the desert region and using it as a base for future attacks,’ said army colonel Salah Kareem, referring to Islamic State by an Arabic acronym.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday that ISIS had been defeated from a military perspective, but he would only declare final victory after IS militants were routed in the desert.

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