ISIS 'Moving Iraq's HQs from Mosul to Hawija'

ISIS 'Moving Iraq's HQs from Mosul to Hawija'
Mon Feb 23, 2015 22:55:57

Terrorist group ISIS is said to be relocating its Iraqi headquarters some 150km to the south in the Sunni-dominated town of Hawija, Sunni tribal fighters in Iraq told IBTimes US.

ISIS has been running its operations in Iraq from Mosul, the country's second largest city, since taking it over last year.

Earlier in February, US officials disclosed that a coordinate military mission to retake the city involving some 25,000 Iraqi troops and Kurdish fighters was being set up.

In preparation for the offensive, which is expected to start in April or May, the US has been providing weapons and training to Iraqi forces, while coalition warplanes bombarded ISIS positions in Mosul.

Meanwhile, however, the terrorists group has consolidated its hold on Hawija, which lies some 35 miles east of the oil rich Kirkuk and the surrounding area.

Since seizing the town in June 2014, ISIS has won the support of local residents and has recently started to increase its military presence in order to create its new Iraqi central command there, according to IBTimes US.

Earlier in February, the radical group's propaganda branch released a video showing 21 hostage Kurdish Peshmerga fighters being paraded through the town streets in cages.

Hawija is more centrally positioned than the northern Mosul, allowing ISIS closer access to both the Anbar province and the Kirkuk region.

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