Iraq forces in major push against IS in Anbar

BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces have launched a broad offensive to retake the city of Hit from the Islamic State group in the western province of Anbar, a top commander said Saturday.

Led by the elite Counter-Terrorism Service, forces from the police, army and local tribal fighters were making a final push to retake Hit, 145 kilometres (90 miles) west of Baghdad.

“They have begun a broad operation to liberate Hit and Kubaysa,” Major General Ali Ibrahim Daboun, the head of the Al-Jazeera Operations Command, told AFP.

Kubaysa is a smaller town a few miles west of Hit, which the militants have controlled since October 2014. AFP