BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Iraqi Armed Forces kicked off a large-scale military operation along the Syrian border on Sunday morning.
Backed by Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Units), the Iraqi Armed Forces attacked the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist hideouts in the Salaheddine, Al-Anbar, and Ninawa (var. Nineveh) governorates.
Dubbed the “Will of Victory”, the operation will concentrate on clearing these terrorist hideouts using both ground and air forces.
Previously, Hashd Al-Sha’abi launched a successful border operation against the Islamic State, eliminating several terrorists and their hideouts.
However, due to the vast desert region between Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State terrorists have been able to evade capture by hiding in caves and mountains between the two countries.
In particular, ISIS has managed to maintain a presence in Syria’s Badiya Al-Sham region, thanks in large part due to the large number of caves that are present in this desert area.