Military says Iraqi forces capture area on Syria border from IS group

Iraqi armed forces on Saturday dislodged Islamic State from a natural gas-rich border area with Syria, reported the military, as cited by Reuters.

The Iraqi forces launched an operation to clear the desert area near the border with Syria from the Islamic State (IS) militants, the Iraqi military said.

The Iraqi army, paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces and the border guards force advanced in the vast desert area to free the industrial village of Akashat and to clear the road to the village and the nearby border areas, which is part of Iraq’s western province of Anbar, Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah from the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) said in a brief statement.