The third phase of the anti-Isis Heroes of Iraq operation begins. ISF and Inherent Resolve target Islamic State hideouts and support networks in Salahuddin as far as the border with Diyala, Kirkuk and Anbar
In addition to Deir Ezzor in Syria, Isis is also undergoing a violent offensive in Iraq. The ISF, in cooperation with Inherent Resolve, have launched the third phase of the “Heroes of Iraq” large-scale operation. Objective: to dismantle the hideouts and support networks of Islamic State militiamen. The maneuvers cover an area of approximately 4,853 km2 in Salahuddin up to the provinces of Diyala, Kirkuk and Anbar. They are attended by the Joint Operations Command (JOC), the federal police, the Hashd al-Shaabi para-military militia (PMF), Baghdad intelligence and provincial military commands, which will push on terrorists on three axes. Air coverage will be provided by the local Air Force and the Coalition. The Falcon Cell also contributed, mapping the movements and location of the Daesh jihadists’ lairs.
In January, the first phase of the maneuvers began in the west of Iraq. Then, in early June, there was the second one. It pressed Daesh southwest of Kirkuk (especially in Wadi al-Shai, the Valley of Death)
The first Heroes of Iraq phase of the maneuvers began in February across the west of the Middle Eastern country to the border with Syria and Jordan. The aim was primarily to repel ISIS attacks against both the military and the population. The second, however, began in early June and saw the ISF hunt the Islamic State militants southwest of Kirkuk. Here too the intervention was necessary, as the Daesh jihadists were trying to raise their heads, as confirmed by an increase in attacks, especially in Wadi al-Shai (aka Valley of Death). Strongly undermining the operational capacity of the terrorists in the quadrant, Baghdad and Inherent Resolve now focus on destroying their safe heaven.