On Wednesday, the Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) captured the strategic Fatha and al-Harariat areas southwest of Hawija town according to the PMU media wing. Iraqi government forces also captured the following 14 villages in Hawija area:
Hawd 7, Yassen Taha, al-A’aliah, Khalaf al-Asuad, al-Safra, al-Rafia’a, Nayif Ibrahim, al-Sa’ay diyah, Rbiyda, al-Jaburiyah, al-Nafylah, Kazan Qarha, al-Dibs, al-Ghaziyah.
Government forces also besieged ISIS fighters inside the strategic al-Riyad town east of Hawija town. Moreover, according to the PMU media wing dozens of ISIS fighters were killed, and 6 VBIEDs of ISIS were destroyed by government forces on Wednesday.
Iraqi forces cross the Zab river:
— Haidar Sumeri (@IraqiSecurity) 4 October 2017
Meanwhile, the PMU Intelligence reported that ISIS leader in Hawija area threatened ISIS fighters with death if they kept withdrawing from the villages around Hawija town. According to the PMU Intelligences contradicted orders from ISIS command in Hawija area was behind the collapse of ISIS defense lines in the area.
The advance on Hawija:
With ISIS last stronghold in Hawija area, al-Riyad town under siege, government forces are expected to fully captured the entire Hawija area before the end of this week.
Governent troops are near Hawija town: