Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Fifteen Islamic State militants were arrested, while 160 IEDs were found in Anbar.
“Security troops and tribes managed to arrest fifteen IS members, while checking identities of families in Rawa, western Anbar,” the source told Baghdad Today website.
In related news, Eastern Anbar Operations Command confiscated 160 explosives that were planted by IS in al-Karma region, east of Anbar.
In press remarks, Maj. Gen. Saad al-Harbiya, indicated reports over presence of booby-trapped jerrycans in al-Harariyat region in al-Karma, east of Fallujah.
Army troops, according to Harbiyah, managed to remove the explosives.
Earlier on the day, Na’eem al-Kaoud, head of Anbar provincial council’s security committee, told the Russian Sputnik agency that sixteen IS members were killed on Friday during battles in Rawa.
Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool, spokesperson for the Joint Operations Command, announced on Friday, achieving “great victory” in Rawa, stressing that advance will resume in the depth of desert toward the Syrian borders.
Iraqi Interior Minister said that the military presence of IS is over after the liberation of Rawa in western Anbar.
The War Media Cell said operations launched on the dawn of Friday for the “liberation of Rawa”.
Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, earlier this month, liberation of Qaim in record time. Troops also freed Ebeidi and Krabla regions in western Anbar.
Operations were launched, late October, to liberate Qaim and Rawa towns. Both have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic “Caliphate”.