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Last northern IS stronghold falls

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Iraqi forces and fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation units) advance towards the Islamic State (IS) group's stronghold of Hawija. AFP

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi forces have captured Islamic State’s last stronghold in northern Iraq, the military said yesterday, leaving the militant group holed up in pockets of land by the Syrian border, across which its self-proclaimed “caliphate” once stretched. The town of Hawija and the surrounding areas were captured in an offensive carried out by US-backed Iraqi government troops and Iranian-trained and armed Shia paramilitary groups. Some fighting continued to the north and east of the town where the militants were surrounded. With the fall of Hawija, the only area that remains under control of the IS in Iraq is a stretch alongside the western border with Syria, where the militant group is also in retreat.

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