Iraqi Forces Get Northern Edge of IS-Held Town

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 10:49 PM

Bombs planted by IS in fields and along main roads leading in and out of Hit repeatedly brought convoys of Iraq'south elite counterterrorism forces to a standstill Sun as they moved to encircle the area.

Iraqi forces declare they've taken the northern edge of the Islamic State grouping held town of Hit, eighty-five miles (one hundred forty kilometers) W of Baghdad, after hundreds of roadside bombs littering the surrounding area slowed progress for days.

Bombs planted by IS in fields and along main roads leading in and out of Hit repeatedly brought convoys of Iraq'south elite counterterrorism forces to a standstill Sun as they moved to encircle the area. The U. S.-led coalition said Iraqi forces are in Hit'south outskirts and are still working to encircle the town.

Hit lies along a supply line linking the extremist group'south fighters in Iraq to those in neighboring Syria. Iraqi and coalition executive declare retaking the town will be a key step before an eventual thrust on IS-held Mosul.

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