Iraqi forces enter middle of IS-held western town

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 12:51 PM

Government forces reached the middle of Hit on Wednesday. The operation to retake the tiny Euphrates river town — initially launched latest month — was stalled by politics, heavy IS resistance and tens of thousands of trapped civilians.

Iraqi forces enter middle of IS-held western town

Iraq'south elite counterterrorism forces declare they've entered the middle of a strategically necessary western Islamic State-held town.

Government forces reached the middle of Hit on Wednesday. The operation to retake the tiny Euphrates river town — initially launched latest month — was stalled by politics, heavy IS resistance and tens of thousands of trapped civilians.

Iraqi troops first entered Hit on Monday below cover of heavy airstrikes. Since the operation was relaunched latest week the U. S. led coalition launched more than eighteen strikes on the town.

Hit sits along an IS supply line that links territory controlled by the extremist grouping in Iraq and in Syria. Through the line, IS ferries fighters and supplies from Syria into Iraq.

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