The fifth phase of Operation Victory Will against Isis begins in Iraq. The ISF, the PMF and Inherent Resolve will push to Karbala and Najaf, on the border with Saudi Arabia, to stop the Islamic State cells escaping from Anbar
The fifth phase of Operation Victory Will against Isis begins in Iraq. Anti-Daesh maneuvers are held south of Karbala and Najaf, on the border with Saudi Arabia. Participants include ISF land and air assets, Hashd al-Shaabi (PMF) Shiite militias and Inherent Resolve. The objective is to eliminate the Islamic State cells that have fled from Anbar, Babil and Baghdad during the last phases of the offensive. These move along the border between the two countries to reduce the chances of being detected. In addition, they provide logistical support to other Daesh groups in the Middle Eastern nation, thanks to links with smugglers and Saudi sympathizers. As in the past, a date for the end of the operations was not indicated. The central Iraqi command stated that they will end once the threat has been completely defeated.
Meanwhile, in the rest of Iraq minor maneuvers are underway to block Daesh’s operational capacity. From Nineveh to Diyala, passing through Baghdad
Meanwhile, in the rest of Iraq other operations continue, albeit on a smaller scale, to dismantle Isis cells. In Mosul, the ISF arrested a dozen Islamic State militiamen in two separate blitzes. The first, as announced by the chief of police of the province of Niveveh, took place in the district of Haramat and the second to Rajm Hadid. In Diyala, on the other hand, the army destroyed a Daesh depot of weapons, ammunition and explosives. The fighters bombed and destroyed the building, which was located in Miqdadiyah, about 30 kilometers west of Baquba. Finally, in Aker al-Saadan, south of Baghdad, local intelligence has discovered and dismantled a large IS center for bomb storage. Inside were 20 IEDs, 332 detonators, 155 timers, cables and equipment for the construction of bombs.