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At least 48 ISIS terrorists were killed in military operations conducted over the past three days in Iraq’s western Anbar province, the Iraqi Defense Ministry announced Wednesday. reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

"Liberation operations carried out in western Anbar over the past three days have left 48 terrorists dead and six car bombs dismantled,” the statement read.

It went on to note that the same operations had seen the recapture of 13 villages in Anbar province located north of the Euphrates River.

The ministry added that military operations would remain underway until the “total liberation” of Anbar’s Rawa district on the border with Syria.

The operations are part of a wider army campaign launched on Oct. 26 with the aim of recapturing Anbar’s Rawa and Al-Qaim districts, which had been considered ISIS’s last strongholds in western Iraq.

Last month, Al-Qaim became the last Iraq-Syria border crossing still held by ISIS after Iraqi forces retook the Al-Walid and Rabia crossings, which are respectively located in Anbar and Nineveh province.

The notorious terrorist group has recently suffered a string of crushing defeats in both Iraq and Syria after overrunning vast swathes of territory in both countries in 2014.

2017.11.15 / 21:44
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