As per reports Iraqi forces have launched an operation to recapture the last stronghold of Islamic State in the western desert of the country.
According to the information conveyed by a military source to BBC, soldiers, Anbar provincial police and Sunni Arab tribal fighters, had started advancing on the town of Ana on Tuesday morning after being initially set back by many booby traps.Ana is a Iraqi town located 90km (55 miles) from the Syrian border. It is one of three Iraqi towns in the Euphrates river valley held by IS who still have control over a great part of the neighboring Syrian province of Deir al-Zour. Here too the IS is facing retaliation from the Syrian pro-government forces and a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters.
Reportedly, the Iraqi forces had help from US-led coalition air strikes and military advisers on the ground to carry out the attack. Shortly after the commencement of the operation the coalition warplanes succeed in destroying an explosives-packed car driven by a suicide bomber.
Following the completion of this operation, the troops will target Rawa, 12km (7.5 miles) to the north, and then al-Qaim, the last town before the border with Syria.
The Ana attack is the latest of a series of blows suffered by the IS in Iraq recently, with the government declaring that the second city of Mosul had been recaptured in July.