Iraqi security forces have fully liberated Hawijah area, located in west of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, from ISIS terrorists, the Iraqi military said.
On Tuesday, the Iraqi army and allied forces accomplished their mission to liberate Hawijah area from the extremist ISIS militants, according to Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah, Commander of Hawijah Operations.
Yarallah announced the liberation of the city of Hawijah, some 45 km west of Kirkuk in a statement, as the troops were still attacking the terrorists outside the city to hunt down the terrorists ad to recapture the remaining rural area, known as Hawijah Pocket.
The battles in Hawijah Pocket ended fast, resulting in heavy losses inflicted upon the terrorist group which suffered dramatic decline in its ability to cling to the ground, military officials said.
Iraq launched an offensive on September 21 to defeat ISIS terrorists in the area north of Baghdad, where according to the United Nations there are 78,000 people trapped by the terrorists.
Despite the gains by the Iraqi army, ISIS terrorists still control the border town of al-Qaim and the region surrounding it.
The militants also hold parts of the Syrian side of the border, but they are losing territories under their control in the face of two different sets of hostile forces.