RNA - The media bureau of the voluntary forces – better known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi –announced in a statement on Monday that the fighters and Iraqi army troopers, backed by military aircraft, mounted an offensive to flush out remaining Daesh terrorists in al-Jazeera region.
The forces added that Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters and government forces were now heading towards al-‘Awinah area.
Iraq's army and the voluntary forces began the first phase of operation on Sunday, the military said in a statement.
The military said the operation will last several days and was the first phase of the Will of Victory Operation securing the province of Anbar and the central and northern regions of Salahuddin and Nineveh.
"We press on the hands of our heroic forces that will achieve victory with the will of its heroes against the gangs of Daesh," said Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.
"May God protect you and make you victorious," he added.
On July 10 that year, he had formally declared victory over Daesh in Mosul, which served as the terrorists’ main urban stronghold in Iraq.
In the run-up to Mosul's liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters had made sweeping gains against Daesh.
Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January 2017 after 100 days of fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19 last year.