TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The spokesman for Iraq’s Kata’ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah brigades) said the group plans to take part in a joint operation to liberate Syria’s eastern city of Albu Kamal from the Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group.
Speaking to Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV network, Jafaar Hussaini said since Albu Kamal is located on the common border between Iraq and Syria, the forces of the Kata’ib Hezbollah will partake in the battle against Daesh terrorists there.
He further hailed the liberation of the town of Al Qaim, the main urban center in the last significant territory held by Daesh in Iraq across the border from Albu Kamal, as a major achievement gained by resistance forces on Iraq-Syria borders.
He also emphasized that the liberation of the town thwarted the US’s plot to disconnect the Axis of Resistance in Iraq and Syria.
In a statement released late on Friday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated his countrymen on the liberation of Al Qaim and praised the Iraqi security forces for liberating the district “in record time”.
Units from the Iraqi army, Counter-Terrorism Services, Sunni tribal and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Shaabi, entered the area on Friday morning.
The Iraqi prime minister on October 26 announced the launch of operations to liberate Qaim and Rawa towns.
The Iraqi forces have now driven Daesh forces out of about 95% of the land the terrorist group once held in Iraq and freed more than 4.4 million Iraqis from its rule.
Al-Qaim, about 315 km (195 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Rawa and the nearby Syrian border town of Albu Kamal are of strategic importance to Daesh as the group used routes through them to transfer fighters, weapons and goods.