Iraq liberates Hit from Daesh

On 14 April 2016 Iraqi forces fully captured the city of Hit from Daesh, after almost a month of fighting.

Hit is located in Anbar province west of Baghdad.

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Iraqi forces take Husaiba

On 9 February 2016 Iraqi government forces liberated the town of Husaiba from Daesh [ISIS].

Husaiba is located 10 km east of Ramadi. Its capture by Iraqi forces is part of their efforts to consolidate control over the area around Ramadi and to cut Daesh supply lines to Falluja.

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Iraq retakes Ramadi from Daesh [ISIS]

By 27 December 2015 Iraqi army has retaken most of Ramadi, including its central parts and governmental buildings. Daesh has lost the city, and now Iraqi army only has to clear remaining pockets of resistance which are not relevant in strategic terms and cannot survive for a long time.

Daesh captured Ramadi on 17 May 2015. The necessity to retake it has slowed Iraqi advance, the ultimate goal of which is to retake Mosul. The Baghdad government will pursue this objective in 2016.

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Iraqi forces make gains against Daesh [ISIS] in Ramadi

Iraqi forces captured Al-Tameem district in street fights against Daesh forces on 8 December 2015.

Ramadi had been surrounded by Iraqis by 27 November 2015. Daesh fighters inside the city are putting up desperate resistance but have virtually no chances of ultimately succeeding in defense of Ramadi.

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Iraqi forces fully surround ISIS-held Ramadi

By 26 November 2015 Iraqi forces captured the last bridge that served as ISIS communication line from Ramadi to the rest of the ISIS-held territory. Now Ramadi is fully surrounded and ISIS can hardly avoid its loss.

Ramadi had been taken by ISIS on 17 May 2015. Its loss will be another sign that military position of ISIS is slowly but unavoidably collapsing, as it keeps suffering (so far local) defeats on various front lines.

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Kurds take Sinjar back from Islamic State

On 13 November 2015 Iraqi Kurds have taken back the town of Sinjar from the ISIS jihadists.

Sinjar had been taken by ISIS on 3 August 2014 and its mostly Yazidi (a religious group, of which a minority among Kurds are members) population was subjected to genocide.

For the jihadists loss of Sinjar means more difficult transport communication between their territory in Syria and Mosul.

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Canada withdraws from the air campaign against Islamic State

As became know on 21 October 2015, new Canadian government decided to withdraw from the air campaign against Islamic State.

Canada used to participate in air strikes against IS in both Iraq and Syria. Other powers that are doing so in both these countries are USA, Britain, France and Australia.

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