ERBIL — Iraqi forces dispatched military reinforcements to the outskirts of Anah city in the western part of Anbar province, as part of the operation to retake the city from the so-called Islamic State (IS).
According to Army Colonel Walid al-Duleimi, who spoke to Anadolu Agency on Monday, the Iraqi army stepped up its troops strength around the city, as the forces continue their offensive against the IS insurgents. Duleimi also added that the newly dispatched troops are accompanied by advisors from the US-led coalition.
Additional arms, combat tanks and other equipment are also being sent to the Iraqi forces in the area, the military official added.
The city of Anah (located about 100 kilometers east from the Iraqi-Syrian border) was captured by the IS militants back in 2014, when the extremist group first emerged in Iraq and declared its self-proclaimed "caliphate."