ERBIL — Iraqi forces on Wednesday liberated Shirqat district from Islamic State (IS) that was the last position held by the extremist group in Salahaddin province.
According to the Iraqi media and military sources on the field, the government forces have spread across the town and retaken control from the jihadists.
While in the US to attend the United Nations General Assembly, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi announced the operation to recapture Shirqat on Tuesday.
The same day, military sources confirmed that they have entered the district and that the IS insurgents are on the back foot.
Local tribal leaders, whose men are taking part in the offensive, said yesterday that the IS militants are moving their families from Shirqat to the nearby district of Hawija as they are seeing the end of their rule in western Kirkuk.
The Iraqi central command previously announced that they will be moving onto Shirqat and Hawija after Eid of al-Adha, which was celebrated last Monday.