Military Operation Begins To Liberate Iraq’s Anbar Province From Islamic State

Members of the Iraqi army and Shi'ite fighters launch a mortar toward Islamic State militants outskirt the city of Falluja, Iraq May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Members of the Iraqi army and Shi’ite fighters launch a mortar toward Islamic State militants outskirt the city of Falluja, Iraq May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraq formally announced on Tuesday the start of a military operation to liberate the western province of Anbar from Islamic State insurgents.

According to a report by Reuters, Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for the Shi’ite paramilitaries known as Hashid Shaabi, which are taking part, said in a news conference broadcast on the state TV channel that the operation had been named “Labeyk Ya Hussein”.

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