The Iraqi security forces on Tuesday fully liberated Hawijah area from Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) militants in west of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, the Iraqi military said.

The Iraqi army, Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), federal police, interior ministry’s commandos, known as Rapid Response, and the paramilitary brigades of Hashd Shaabi, ended their tasks in the liberation of Hawijah area from the extremist IS militants, Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah, Commander of Hawijah Operations, said in a brief statement.