Isis almost beaten in Iraq with government troops on brink of capturing Hawija

Iraqi forces capture city centre of Hawija from Isis

Iraqi forces have taken back control of Hawija

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Iraqi forces have announced that they have taken control of the city centre of Hawija, which is one of Islamic State's last remaining territories in the country..

However it is not clear at the moment how much of Hawija is still under Isis' control, and Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Rasheed Yarallah, commander of Iraqi forces, said that operations are still taking place.

The push to drive Isis from Hawija began on September 21, according to CNN, and earlier this week Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the United Nations Humanitarian Office, claimed there may be up to 78,000 civilians stuck in the area under Isis control.

However he also stated that at least 12,500 people had been able to flee the violence.

Ever since US-backed Iraqi forces captured Mosul, one of Isis' original strongholds, in July the terror group has been in steady retreat. 

In August the group also lost control of Tal Afar, which had been under Isis control since June 2014 - another key defeat for the group which once controlled vast swathes of Iraq and neighbouring Syria.