Iraqi troops recapture Hawija town from control of Islamic State militants

BAGHDAD: Iraqi  Army on Thursday retook Hawija from Islamic State militants after the surrender of nearly 1,000 militants.

Hawija was one of the Islamic State’s remaining strongholds and the surrender shows that terror group is collapsing and unable to defend its territory.

“They’re giving up,” said Lt. Gen. Paul Funk, who commands the coalition task force fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. “Their leaders are abandoning them.”

The fall of Hawija in northern Iraq is the latest in a string of defeats for the Islamic State. The city has been under IS control since 2014. Iraqi army launched an attack to take control of Hawija on September 21

Funk said about 1,000 militants surrendered in the past three or four days of fighting in Hawija.

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