Iraqi forces enter al-Qaim in final offensive on Islamic State-held territory: military

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Posted: Nov 03, 2017 4:15 AM

ERBIL Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces have entered al-Qaim, one of the last remaining territories in the country still held by Islamic State militants, the Joint Operations Command said on Friday.

Units from the Iraqi army, Counter-Terrorism Services, Sunni tribal forces and Iranian-backed Popular Mobilisation forces are participating in an offensive to recapture al-Qaim and Rawa, two towns which lie on the border area with Syria.

"Daesh members have to choose between death and surrender," Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement announcing the offensive last week. Daesh is another name for Islamic State.

(Reporting by Raya Jalabi; Editing by Gareth Jones)