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Iraqi government launches military operation to recapture towns

Members of Iraqi army are seen during the fight against Daesh militants in al-Ayadiya, northwest of Tal Afar, Iraq August 28, 2017 [Thaier Al-Sudani / Reuters]
Members of Iraqi army are seen during the fight against Daesh militants in al-Ayadiya, northwest of Tal Afar, Iraq 28 August 2017 [Thaier Al-Sudani / Reuters]

The Iraqi government launched an offensive early on Thursday to recapture from Daesh the western Iraqi towns of Rawa and al-Qaim close to the Syrian border, al-Arabiya television reported.

According to al-Arabiya the offensive was launched from three sides and both the international coalition and the Sunni tribes were assisting the joint operations forces in the attack.

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