IRAQ: LIBERATION OPERATIONS OF TALAFAR, HUWAIJAH BEGIN SOON – PM ABADI

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi said Saturday military operations to liberate Talafar in Nineveh, and Huwaijah in Kirkuk, would begin soon.

Talafar and Huwaijah are the last two towns under so-called Islamic State's (IS) control, Abadi said in a statement, and they would be liberated soon.

The Iraqi forces, backed by the US-led coalition, have liberated the have been liberating towns in Mosul and were almost fully liberating the northern city.

Abadi, meanwhile, said Iraqi forces have reached the borders with Syria and their mandate was to secure the borders not to cross it.

Iraqi forces "do not want to enter the other side," he said with reference to Syria.

Abadi said Iraq "has reached final stages of the liberation of its lands." Talafar consists of Arabs, Turkmen and Kurds, while Huwaijah contains most of the Arbs living in Kirkuk.

Source: NAM News Network