Iraqi Shia paramilitary troops join Hawija battle against Islamic State

Updated on Sep 22, 2017 07:20 PM IST

The spokesman for Iraq’s mostly Shia paramilitary troops known as Popular Mobilization Forces says they have joined the battle against Islamic State militants in the contested province of Kirkuk

Humvees and infantry fighting vehicles of the Iraqi forces, backed by the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries advance towards the northern Iraqi town of Sharqat on September 22, 2017.(AFP Photo)
Humvees and infantry fighting vehicles of the Iraqi forces, backed by the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries advance towards the northern Iraqi town of Sharqat on September 22, 2017.(AFP Photo)
Associated Press, Baghdad | ByAssociated Press

The spokesman for Iraq’s mostly Shia paramilitary troops known as Popular Mobilization Forces says they have joined the battle against Islamic State militants in the contested province of Kirkuk.

Ahmed al-Asadi says the Shiite militias were pushing west of the IS-held town of Hawija on Friday, following the formal launch of the operation to retake the area — one of the last extremist strongholds in Iraq — the previous day.

Plans to retake the town of Hawija there have been complicated by political wrangling among Iraq’s disparate security forces. The town and the governorate are disputed between Baghdad and the northern Kurdish autonomous region, where a referendum on independence is scheduled to take place next week.

Iraqi Kurdish leaders are pressing ahead with the referendum, which Baghdad dismisses as illegal.

Get Latest World Newsalong with Latest Newsfrom Indiaat Hindustan Times.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
My Offers
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, February 05, 2023
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Register Free and get Exciting Deals