Iraqi forces launched an operation to purge IS from Akashat near Syria’s border

Iraqi forces have launched an operation to purge Daesh terrorists from the town of Akashat near the border with Syria.

An Iraqi military commander says the offensive is aimed at securing parts of the border and the area near a highway that links the capital Baghdad to neighboring Jordan and Syria.

Akashat is a small town in Anbar province, located south of the Daesh-held towns of Qa’im, Rawah and Anah.

The terror group has been driven out of most of the territories it seized in 2014.

In July, Iraqi forces fully recaptured the city of Mosul, Daesh’s self-proclaimed “capital” in the Arab country.