ISIS Suffers Another Defeat In Iraq

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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Iraqi forces retook the town of Heet, one of the largest population centers in the Anbar province of Iraq, from ISIS on April 14.

“Units from the Counter-Terrorism Service completely liberated Heet,” Iraq's Joint Operations Command said in a statement obtained by AFP.

"The town of Heet is cleared of any Daesh gunmen," CTS spokesman Sabah al-Noman said, using an alternative name for ISIS.

The fight for Heet began after Iraqi forces secured Anbar capital Ramadi, but was delayed because of a sit-in by supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr since forces were taken from Anbar to protect them.

The operation to retake Heet began in mid-March after Iraqi forces secured Anbar capital Ramadi. The process was delayed two weeks by sit-in supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr, a powerful Shiite cleric, as forces were pulled to protect them.

A U.S.-led coalition against ISIS in Syria and Iraq has also shown progress recently.

On April 13, President Barack Obama said ISIS is on the defensive, its territory is shrinking and key leaders have been struck.

“We have momentum and we intend to keep that momentum,” Obama told reporters after a meeting at the CIA, according to International Business Times.

The coalition has performed more than 11,500 air strikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and killed or captured several key leaders of the terrorist group.

“In the days and weeks ahead, we intend to take out more,” Obama said.

Sources: AFP via The Daily Star, International Business Times / Photo credit: The U.S. Army/Flickr

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