Iraqi army contend they have recaptured a centre of a city of Hawija, one of a final enclaves of supposed Islamic State (IS) in a country.
Hawija, where tens of thousands of civilians live, has been underneath a belligerent group’s control given 2014.
Once a surrounding area falls, IS will be left determining usually a widen of land along a limit with Syria.
On Wednesday, a Iraqi army pronounced it had killed 196 IS militants and recaptured 98 villages around Hawija.
Troops, military and paramilitaries “liberated a whole of a centre of Hawija and are stability their advance”, a operation’s commander, Lieutenant General Abdel Amir Yarallah, pronounced on Thursday morning.
On Tuesday, Iraqi army prisoner a Rashad atmosphere bottom south of a city, that was used as a training stay by a militants.
The UN pronounced on Tuesday adult to 78,000 civilians were still trapped in Hawija. Iraqi confidence army pronounced IS militants were preventing some people from withdrawal and competence have laid explosives around a town.
About 12,500 people had fled given a army’s operation began dual weeks ago, according to a UN. It is misleading yet how many civilians have transient in a past integrate of days.
Iraq’s army, alongside company allies and corroborated by airstrikes from a US-led coalition, has been intent in a postulated descent opposite IS’ contentious caliphate, retaking a country’s second largest city Mosul in Jul after a nine-month battle.
IS continues to reason tools of Syria.