Members of the Iraqi forces backed by paramilitary units advance against one of the Islamic State group's last bastions in the area of Anah, in the vast western province of Anbar bordering Syria, on September 19, 2017. / AFP / MOADH AL-DULAIMI
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Iraqi security forces and paramilitary units Tuesday seized a village in one of the last pockets of territory controlled by Daesh (ISIS) in the vast western province of Anbar, bordering Syria.The Joint Operations Command coordinating the fight against Daesh in Iraq said infantry and armored units backed by Al-Hashd al-Shaabi Shiite paramilitary alliance launched the assault at dawn to retake Al-Rayhana and the nearby town of Anna.The operation was supported by Iraqi army helicopters and warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition battling Daesh in Iraq and Syria, a general in the area said, speaking on condition of anonymity.Three years after Daesh took control of large parts of Syria and Iraq, Iraqi forces are pushing to retake all areas seized by the militants, scoring their biggest victory in July with the recapture of second city Mosul.
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