Iraq announces offensive against IS from parts of border area with Syria, alongside Euphrates river

Iraq armed forces announces offensive against Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL) group from parts of border area with Syria, alongside Euphrates river.

The offensive in the Akashat region, which has natural gas reserves, is meant to pave the way for the seizure of militant-held towns in the Euphrates river valley, including the border post of al-Qaim, reported Reuters on Saturday citing military statements.