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Liberation of Iraq's Hawija delayed yet again

Due to the disagreement between Iraqi forces linked to Baghdad and the Kurdish forces, the liberation of Hawija has been delayed several times.
Iraqi security forces march as they conduct a raid and weapons search operation in Hawija April 24, 2014. The operation led to the arrest of wanted figures and the seizing of various weapons and ammunition, according to an Iraqi security forces officer.   REUTERS/ Yahya Ahmad (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTR3MHDN

The battle for the Iraqi city of Hawija, 28 miles west of Kirkuk, has been postponed several times. Disagreements around military operations have delayed the capture of the city from Islamic State (IS) militants. Military sources from the Joint Operations Command told Al-Monitor that Hawija will be next after the fall of Mosul.

In late January, Iraqi member of parliament Shakhwan Abdullah, a member of parliament’s Security and Defense Committee, promised that Hawija operations would start soon. Yet the timeline for retaking Hawija, which had been set for October, has been delayed more than half a year now.

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