On Sunday, the Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) completed the first phase of the ongoing military operation against ISIS in Hawija area south of Kirkuk city according to the PMU media wing.
The PMU media wing announced that the Iraqi government forces captured 120 villages and 1251 square kilometers during the first phase.
The most notable achievements of the government forces during the first phase were the capture of the following areas:
- Western Shirqat;
- Al-Zab town;
- All villages along the al-Zab River’s western bank;
- Al-Shumait bridge south of Mosul.
126 ISIS fighters were killed, and 10 VBIEDs were destroyed by government forces during the first phase of their advance, according to the PMU media wing.
Government forced announced a start of the second phase of the military operation in Hawija area immediately. Moreover, government forces captured al-Namil village, al-Zwiah town and the northern part of the Makhoul mountains at the beginning of the second phase.
As the government forces attack is getting faster and faster, ISIS fighters who are besieged inside Hawija area are expected to surrender or fully collapse within a week.