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Iraqi forces advance to edge of final IS bastion Al-Qaim

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Iraqi security forces advance towards the western side of Mosul, Iraq February 19, 2017. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

HABBANIYAH, Nov 01 — Iraqi forces today battled up to the edge of Al-Qaim, the largest town still held by the Islamic State group in the country, as they pushed a final assault on the jihadists.

Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said government troops — backed by US air strikes and Sunni tribal fighters — captured the village of Al-Obeidi, some 20 kilometres from the Syrian border on the eastern outskirts of the town.

“IS fighters resisted the advance of the troops, but the majority retreated to positions in the centre of Al-Qaim,” it said in a statement.

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