13 October 20
ة.The Iraqi army moved from central and northern Iraq to Anbar province via the international highway to the cities of the Upper Euphrates, the last bastion ofDaqash in Iraq, where the towns of Rawa and al-Qaim, west of Anbar, near the border with Syria, The International Alliance flew its flights in the desert of the province, to monitor the movements of the organization and its camps, which he created recently after his defeat of the northern and western cities.
According to the Iraqi military leaders spoke to the “new Arab”, “is scheduled in a few days to officially announce the start of the battle of Rawa and the commander to expel and urged them, which will of course be the last direct battles of the Iraqis against the organization, and with it ends control of Iraqi cities in full, to begin With it a new stage no less dangerous than the current stage, the cells of the organization and its pockets scattered between the liberated cities and Baghdad, which stepped up terrorist attacks recently, and often took the civilian population in operations that take a reprisal from the unarmed population.
At least 20,000 soldiers have been mobilized in recent days on the border of Qaim and Rawa
An Iraqi military official in Baghdad told the “New Arab” that “at least 20,000 soldiers have been transferred in recent days from central and northern Iraq and mobilized on the border of the cities of Qaim and Rawa.”According to the same official, “armored units, rocket battalions and artillery, also moved in preparation for the attack, which is scheduled to take place within a few days.”
He pointed out that “US forces helped prepare the final attack plan, and there are requests from the regime of Bashar al-Assad to postpone the Iraqi attack, until the forces of the regime to control the Deir al-Zour and Bo Kamal, fearing the withdrawal of fighters of the organization to those areas after the advance of Iraqi forces, Rejected this and adopted a broad plan to control the border with Syria after the end of the battle of Qaim and Rawa has become known as the battle to close the border.
“There are between 60,000 and 80,000 civilians in the last two cities of Al-Qaim and Rawah. All of them are under house arrest and they are prevented from leaving,” said local officials in Anbar province. The number of militants is estimated at 3,000 to 4,000, mostly Iraqis and Syrians. There are fighters of Asian and European nationalities, who moved after the liberation of Mosul and the break-up of the organization there to those areas. “
“The Iraqi forces moved towards Qaim and Rawa, and very soon the battle begins and then the process of holding the borders begins, to declare Iraq fully liberated,” said the head of the Iraqi security and defense committee, al-Zamili. He added that “this effort needs something after it to be no more or other copies of similar to him, we need to remedy the mistakes of the past and we need genuine national reconciliation at all levels so as not to repeat the tragedy.” “The battle is very close and we do not want to give them more time to catch their breath again, and that will be their surprise.”
.For his part, MP for Anbar province, Faris al-Faris, called on the Iraqi forces and the government to take “humanitarian preparations for this battle as well,” indicating in an interview for the “New Arab” that “tens of thousands of residents will flee with the start of the battle, Battle “.
For his part, the commander of the operations of the island and the desert of the Iraqi army, which is responsible for the attack on Qaim and Rawa, Major General Qasim Mohammadi, the “new Arab”, that “preparations in the final stages.” He explained that “the pieces of the army end the process of final mobilization and waiting for zero hour by the commander-in-chief of the armed forces Haider Abadi.” He revealed that “the lines of attack to eliminate the organization is ready and the army and other forces supporting him is ready for the recent battle with terrorists.”
US forces helped prepare the final attack plan, and there are requests from the regime of Bashar al-Assad to postpone the Iraqi attack
Al-Qaim is the last city in Anbar province , west of Iraq, 420 km west of Baghdad. It is the entrance to the Euphrates River coming from Syrian territory to Iraq. It contains the largest phosphate mines in the region, as well as an undeveloped gas field. The city was called “Qaim”, referring to a Christian monastery in the foot called “Deir Al Qaim”. Historians confirm that the monks and priests who helped the Arab Islamic armies coming from the Arabian Peninsula in 633, during the campaigns to open Iraq.
The city was a large commercial and cultural center that included the areas of Albu Kamal and the Euphrates basin. However, the division of the Arab countries later cut the Albu Kamal within the modern Syrian state. The Caliph Harun al-Rashid imprisoned Yahya al-Barqami and his two sons in 157 AH in this city.
Rawa is located on the bank of the left river, 320 km west of Baghdad, and within Anbar province also separates it from the vast desert base that controls a large part of the Iraqi forces. The city is a peninsula. The Euphrates is bordered by three sides and is about 100 kilometers from the Syrian border and is historically known as Rahba. It is the place of stability and convenience of the old commercial caravans traveling between Iraq, Sham and the Arabian Peninsula.
Da’ash took control of the two towns in mid-2014 after the fall of Mosul several days ago. The organization committed the most heinous massacre. It also witnessed the bombing of Iraqi aviation and the international coalition caused the deaths of hundreds of residents, the most famous massacre fish market in Qaim and massacre Corniche Street in Rawa during the past years.