The Iraqi military and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have launched a large-scale security operation, codenamed “Operation Will of Victory,” against the remaining ISIS cells in the western part of the country, Maj. Gen. Abdul Amir Yar Allah, deputy commander of the joint Iraqi operations, announced on July 7.
“Operation Will of Victory is designed to clear the areas between Salahuddin, Nineveh and Anbar, it will last for days and will involve large units of the military, the popular mobilization and the tribal mobilization,” Maj. Gen. Yar Allah said in a press release.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi praised the new operation that will cover a large region, including the border with Syria. On Twitter, Abdul-Mahdi assured that Iraqi forces will achieve “decisive victory” over ISIS’ remnants.
Few hours after the beginning of the operation, the PMU’s media wing announced that Iraqi forces had destroyed a large hideout and military camp of ISIS cells south of the area of Baa’j in Nineveh.
Operation Will of Victory is one of the biggest anti-terrorism operations launched by Iraqi forces in 2019. Previous operations led to a significant improvement of the security situation in the western part of the country, including the border area with Syria.