Iraq army with tribal volunteers liberate two villages from ISIS

Al-Mahboubiya and Al-Safakiya villages located in the island on the Euphrates river were recaptured from ISIS

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Iraq Army’s Seventh Band, with the backing of tribesmen, have liberated two villages in Hit island in the western province of Anbar on Sunday from ISIS, local media reported.

Al-Mahboubiya and Al-Safakiya villages located in the island on the Euphrates river were recaptured from ISIS and Iraqi flags were raised in the liberated areas.

Maj. Gen Qassim al-Mohamadi, Head of Operation to Liberate Hit Island, said on Sunday that the “operation to liberate [Safakiya] village began after getting rid of 37 explosive devices and 23 jugs containing C-4 material.”

Composition C-4 is a common variety of the plastic explosive

Meanwhile, a source told the local Al-Sumaria News that ISIS militants fled Mahboubiya after they incurred financial and human losses.

The operation to liberate the island, which had fallen under ISIS control since mid-2014, started three weeks ago.

The operation was launched as an offensive to retake Iraq’s second largest city – Mosul – looms.

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