BREAKING: Over 100 DEAD And Look Who Did It! WHOA!

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Qaim, IRAQ — Iraqi army forces killed on Friday dozens of Islamic State members as operations launched to retake the group’s last bastions in Iraq in western Anbar, a military source was quoted saying.

Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that the army’s 8th division engaged with a group of Islamic State militants at south of al-Qaim, killing 25.

Another source told Almaalomah news website that army warplanes killed dozens others of militants in Qaim’s desert.

The same website quoted Qatari al-Samarmad, a commander at the Mobilization forces in Anbar, saying that Iraqi troops were besieging IS militants at a “phosphate complex” in Qaim. He said the remaining militants in the town are stranded inside that facility.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared Thursday the launch of operations to clear the towns of Rawa and Qaim, Islamic State’s last havens on the borders with Syria, Iraqi News reports.

Since Islamic State militants took over large areas of Iraq and Syria to establish a self-styled “caliphate” in 2014, Iraqi government forces, backed paramilitary troops and U.S.-led coalition, launched a wide-scale campaign to retake those regions.

So far, the offensives managed to retake Mosul, the group’s former capital, the town of Tal Afar, west of Nineveh, Kirkuk’s town of Hawija and Anbar’s Annah.

Local authorities and human rights agencies believe Islamic State members are holding tens of thousands of civilians in their western Anbar havens as future human shields, having killed hundreds for attempting to escape.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September.

Earlier AFF reported that over seventy Islamic State militants were killed, while thirty-three regions and villages were liberated during the past two days in western Anbar, the Joint Operations Command said.

In a statement on Saturday, “the regions liberated included al-Hasa, water station in al-Hasa complex, al-Shirwaniya, al-Tazaliya, al-Zallah, al-Awani and villages of Leheiba, al-Nazwa, and al-Saadiya village, stretching along 56 kilometers.”

Troops at the southern axis, according to the statement, “combed Ajbab train station, Ajbab village, northern Jibab, the cement factory, Qaim train station, train maintenance workshop, Ekaz gas station, al-Masharee’ region, stretching along 119 kilometers.”

More regions were liberated by army troops, backed by al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), Iraqi News reported.

“Seventy-five militants were killed, nine booby-trapped vehicles were destroyed,” it said, adding that over 300 bombs were defused, three headquarters and four booby-trapping workshops were destroyed. Seven weapon stashes were destroyed.

The command said troops are still advancing to achieve targets in western Anbar.

The Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced on Thursday the launch of operations to liberate Qaim and Rawa towns.

Hundreds of thousands of messages were airdropped on Wednesday on the two towns informing civilians that security troops are coming to free them and urging them to stay away from the enemy.

Both towns have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic “Caliphate”.



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