Trapped Civilians Stall Iraqi Forces Battling IS in Anbar

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 12:20 PM

Iraqi forces re-launched an offensive on the town of Hit, eighty-five miles (one hundred forty kilometers) W of Baghdad, below cover of heavy coalition airstrikes early Thursday morning, Sabah al-Numan said.

The spokesman for Iraq'south elite counterterrorism forces says tens of thousands of trapped civilians have stalled Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State grouping in the country'south western Anbar province.

Iraqi forces re-launched an offensive on the town of Hit, eighty-five miles (one hundred forty kilometers) W of Baghdad, below cover of heavy coalition airstrikes early Thursday morning, Sabah al-Numan said.

The counterterrorism forces, who are leading the operation, reached within three kilometers of Hit city middle before being forced to stop, al-Numan said.

Al-Numan said the forces "are making a map to evacuate these families" and leaflets were dropped over Hit indicating which roads can be used to flee.

The town of Hit lies along an IS supply line linking the group'south extremist forces in Iraq to those in Syria.

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