Iraq says it has retaken one of IS group’s last strongholds

FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 file photo, women and children from Hawija sit outside a Kurdish screening center in Dibis, Iraq. On Thursday Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi troops have driven IS militants from the town of Hawija, one of the extremists last strongholds in the country. The announcement comes amid a political crisis following a controversial Kurdish independence referendum, but on the battlefield at least, Iraq’s army continues to work together with Kurdish peshmerga fighters to keep IS on the back foot.(AP Photo/Bram Janssen, File)


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