Iraq says it has retaken one of IS group's last strongholds
October 6, 2017
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Thursday that Iraqi forces have driven the Islamic State group from one of the extremists' last strongholds in the country, the northern town of Hawija.
The victory came as Baghdad and Iraq's Kurdish region remain in a political deadlock following a controversial Kurdish independence referendum. But on the battlefield Iraqi and Kurdish forces continue to collaborate, squeezing the jihadis who once controlled nearly a third of the country.
Al-Abadi made the declaration at a news conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel...