Iraqi forces launch assault on last IS bastion of al-Qaim

Posted on: October 26, 2017 | views: 138

Iraqi forces have launched an offensive to recapture the last bastion of so-called Islamic State in the country.

Soldiers, police, Sunni tribesmen and mostly Shia paramilitary fighters are taking part in the assault on al-Qaim and Rawa, in the Euphrates river valley close to the border with Syria.

The prime minister told IS militants to "choose between death and surrender".

The jihadists still control part of the Euphrates valley in the neighbouring Syrian province of Deir al-Zour.