Iraqi forces begin operation against IS along Syrian border

Iraq's security and paramilitary forces have begun a military operation along the border with Syria aiming to clear the area of Islamic State group militants

It said the operation will last several days and was the first phase of the Will of Victory Operation securing the western province of Anbar and the central and northern regions of Salahuddin and Nineveh.

"We press on the hands of our heroic forces that will achieve victory with the will of its heroes against the gangs of Daesh," said Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi using an Arabic acronym to refer to IS. "May God protect you and make you victorious."