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Iraqi forces storm IS-held town of Hawija

Smoke from oil-well fires filled the air as paramilitary fighters advanced on Hawija

Iraq’s military says it has stormed the town of Hawija, as it steps up an offensive on one of so-called Islamic State’s last enclaves in the country.

Soldiers, special forces, police and paramilitary fighters reached the town centre after breaking through jihadist defences in the west, commanders said.

They began moving on the town early on Wednesday, two days after retaking the Rashad airbase to the south.

Pro-government forces have made swift progress against IS in recent months.

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