The strategic town which is mostly Turkmen populated will be Iraqi army's next in the roll-up of remaining Daesh-ruled cities.
Um Hanadi commands 70 men in a brigade under the Iranian-backed Hashd al Shaabi militia. Her forces are holding the frontline against Daesh, but are themselves notorious for their brutal methods.
Forces loyal to the Iraqi government torched several homes and private vehicles in the town after accusing their owners of sympathising with Daesh.
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