An Iraqi soldier is seen outside of Hawija, Iraq, September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
BAGHDAD - 30 September 2017: Ongoing operations against Daesh militants in northern and southern Hawija city in the Iraqi province of Kirjuk is about to end, a Special Forces commander said on Saturday.
There are about 1,000 Daesh militants in Hawija, Commander of of the Special Forces at the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) Maj. Gen. Maan Saadi told Alhurra TV channel.
Saadi added the Iraqi joint forces have regained control over 26 villages in western Hawija and liberated Hamrin Mountains from the militants.
Earlier in the day, a spokesman for the CTS said the Iraqi forces regained control over 50 percent of Hawija from the militants.