Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says army troops, backed by allied Kurdish forces, will soon launch a multi-pronged operation to liberate Hawijah town in the oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk from Daesh Takfiri terrorists.
Addressing reporters during a weekly press briefing in the capital Baghdad on Wednesday, Abadi stated that government forces, in full cooperation with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, will eventually retake the town, located 45 kilometers west of the provincial capital city of Kirkuk, and drive Daesh militants out of the area, Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network reported.
He added that Iraqi army troops will then seek to recapture the still militant-held areas in the western province of Anbar.
Hawijah is one of four Iraqi towns still controlled by Daesh militants. The other three towns of al-Qa'im, located nearly 400 kilometers northwest of Baghdad near the Syrian border, Anah and Rawa are in Anbar province.