Iraqi forces take northern edge of IS-held town

Iraqi forces took the northern edge of the Islamic State-held town of Hit, west of Baghdad, on Sunday in an operation led by the country’s elite counterterrorism forces, military officials said.

The operation to recapture Hit was relaunched last week, but the troops’ progress has been slowed by hundreds of roadside bombs and efforts to safeguard thousands of civilians trapped inside the town. “We’ve never had a delay like this on one of our targets,” said Gen. Husham al-Jabri of Iraq’s counterterrorism forces. Al-Jabri carefully plotted progress towards Hit on a map in a temporary operations center just south of the city.



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