On November 25, the Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) liberated the al-Anbar–Saladin desert in the al-Jazeera region in western Iraq, according to the PMU media wing. The Al-Anbar–Saladin desert is a half of the al-Jazeera region territory.
The PMU media wing added that the Iraqi Army and PMU also reopened the strategic Hatar-Rawa and Rawa-al-Saynia highways, and captured the following villages:
Eyn al-Tarfawi, al-Bu Adel, al-Qariyah, al-Shahriyah, Tar al-Baqar, al-Hajal, Izghitun, Umm Khufah, Mustafik al-Awliyah, Ras al-Suhul, Tal Izetah, Tal Hadid.
During their advance, government fighters killed 39 members of ISIS including 6 suicide bombers, and destroyed 6 VBIEDs of the terrorist group. The Iraqi Army and the PMU also captured several ammo depots and command posts of ISIS, according to the PMU media wing.
From its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq reported on November 24 that 6 VBIEDs of ISIS attacked the Iraqi Amry and the PMU in the eastern part of the al-Jazeera region. At least 8 vehicles were destroyed and several fighters of the PMU were killed during the attacks, according to Amaq.
Iraqi government forces will likely capture the second half of the al-Jazeera region in the upcoming days, effectively eliminating the formal presence of ISIS in Iraq. However, the terrorist group’s sleeper cells will remain in various regions acrsoss the country.