Commanders of the ISIL terrorist group have ordered their forces and family members to leave their last bases and strongholds in Western Iraq as Iraq’s military forces are preparing to launch massive military operations in the region, local sources said Tuesday.
“The Iraqi military forces are preparing to capture the last ISIL strongholds in Western Iraq and the military equipment for these operations have been fully supplied and transferred, and we are waiting for the final order by the joint operations command center to attack al-Khalediya island and Heet town in the Western parts of al-Anbar province,” Head of the Security Committee of al-Anbar province’s Council Rajeh al-Issawi said on Tuesday.
Also, a local source in Western Iraq said that the ISIL commanders and their families have fled the al-Baghdadi island in the Western parts of Heet, one of the most notorious ISIL bases, in the past 72 hours.
The source added that ISIL commanders, fearing the Iraqi army and popular forces’ rapid advance, have fled towards al-Qae’m town in Western al-Anbar.
12 ISIL terrorists, including a top security commander, were killed and many more were wounded in the Iraqi Air Force attack on the Takfiri group’s command center at the country’s Western border with Syria.
Iraqi F16 warplanes, in several rounds of combat flights, pounded ISIL’s command and control center in the small town of al-Qa’em in Anbar province, killing four commanders including Abu Hareth, the top security commander of the group in al-Qa’em.
The targeted command center was one of the main financial centers of the ISIL in the region.