Iraq announces offensive on Islamic State in Syria border area

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 16, 2017 5:04 AM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi armed forces said on Saturday they had started an offensive to dislodge Islamic State from an area on the border with Syria south of the Euphrates river.

The offensive in the Akashat region, which has natural gas reserves, is meant to pave the way for the seizure of militant-held towns in the Euphrates river valley, including the border post of al-Qaim, military statements said.

(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Andrew Heavens)