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2018-11-07

Iraqi forces destroy large ISIS food cache in Anbar

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Iraqi soldiers display food supplies they found inside an ISIS hideout in this photo, posted online on July 8th. [Photo courtesy of the Iraqi Ministry of Defence]
Iraqi soldiers display food supplies they found inside an ISIS hideout in this photo, posted online on July 8th. [Photo courtesy of the Iraqi Ministry of Defence]

Iraqi security forces in Anbar province have destroyed a storehouse belonging to the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) that contained very large quantities of food, an official told Diyaruna Wednesday (November 7th).

"The 41st Brigade of the Iraqi army's 10th Division uncovered an ISIS hideout three days ago," Anbar provincial council security committee member Murdi Mohammed Khalaf al-Mahalawi said.

The site is a "secret warehouse in a desert area known as Habiniya valley in the area of al-Uweisat" near the town of Amiriyat al-Fallujah, he told Diyaruna.

"Terrorists were gathering food in that site to turn it into a major supply centre for [ISIS] remnants that will enable them to survive," he said.

"There were very large quantities of food supplies, some of which with a recent production date," he noted.

The warehouse's discovery was a result of "extensive intelligence efforts" and constitutes a "lethal blow" to the ISIS elements still hiding in the desert, he said.

The warehouse has been completely destroyed, costing the group its "largest source of supply", he said, noting that it served as "an important resource for its fugitive remnants in the desert valleys of al-Qadhaf and Thamil".

Security forces "continue to take maximum measures to undermine the terrorists' capabilities", al-Mahalawi said.

"Forces from the Anbar, Eastern Anbar and al-Jazeera commands, police and tribesmen are all working to clean the desert and the cities of any terrorist networks and to strike their supply lines," he said.

"These forces have high readiness, expertise and skill to monitor the terrorists' movements wherever they may be and defeat them on the spot," he added.

The province is experiencing stability as a result of the ongoing security operations, al-Mahalawi said.

Military reinforcements from the 8th Division Command, al-Jazeera Operations Command and the tribal mobilisation are deployed along the border with Syria to prevent ISIS infiltration into Iraq.

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