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BAGHDAD Marshall Newhouse Raiders Jersey , Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi security forces on Thursday launched a new offensive against the Islamic State (IS) militants and recaptured a total of 19 villages as they are advancing to free the city of Hawijah in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, the Iraqi military said.

 

The army's 9th Armored Division and two paramilitary Hashd Shaabi brigades freed 11 villages as they advanced in the rural area in north of the city of Hawijah, some 230 km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah, from the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) Mario Edwards Jr Raiders Jersey , said in a brief statement.

 

Meanwhile, a security source told Xinhua that the Iraqi troops freed eight more villages near the eastern bank of the city of Shirqat, some 280 km north of Baghdad, among which were the IS redoubts in the villages of Gan'ous and Imam Sharqi.

 

At least seven IS militants were killed during the advance in the eight villages near Shirqat, while the troops will continue push to approach the nearby major IS stronghold in Hawijah Karl Joseph Raiders Jersey , the source said.

 

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Hashd Shaabi brigades, said Thursday that the offensive will be conducted in two phases: the first is to retake control of areas in east of Shirqat and approach to Hawijah; the second is to dislodge IS militants from their stronghold in Hawijah.

 

Earlier in the day, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launch of a new offensive to drive out IS militants from Hawijah in the western part of Iraq's oil-rich Kirkuk province.

 

"With a new Iraqi dawn, we announce the launch of the first stage of an operation to liberate Hawijah David Sharpe Raiders Jersey ," Abadi said in the morning in a brief statement.

 

Also in the morning, Yarallah said in a separate statement that the army forces, federal police, the interior ministry's elite forces of Rapid Response and the paramilitary Hashd Shaabi brigades began an operation to liberate the areas in east of the city of Shirqat and Hawijah.

 

The eastern part of Shirqat and the surrounding villages and rural areas, which stretch to the city of Hawijah Eddie Vanderdoes Raiders Jersey , have been under IS rule since June 2014.

 

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CANBERRA, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory (NT) have called for a ban on commercial fishing in their waterways.

 

Traditional owners of Arnhem Land, the region in the far northeastern corner of the NT, claim that commercial fishing has restricted their ability to feed their families.

 

"We're just upset Obi Melifonwu Raiders Jersey , they've been doing this for too long, and our catch rate is going right down especially for barramundi," Julius Kernan, a member of Maningrida community, told Australian media on Thursday.

 

"I've got three sons who hunt every day Gareon Conley Raiders Jersey , they're having problems (catching fish) and it's happening right in front of us.

 

Arnhem Land is 500 kilometers east of Darwin, the NT's capital, and is home to the iconic Kakadu National Park.

 

The Australian High Court in 2008 granted exclusive coastal water rights to native land owners but the decision has not yet been implemented with the Northern Land Council in May extending free access to the waterways.

 

"We've always heard what's coming out of Maningrida: that Aboriginal people want to be involved in the management of fish stocks, they want to be comforted by the fact that any marine mammal impacts are taken care of, and that sacred sites are looked after Women's Giorgio Tavecchio Jersey ," Joe Morrison, leader of the Northern Land Council, said.

 

Australia's Seafood Council said it was drawing up a code of conduct for its members in response to a petition presented to NT Chief Minister Michael Gannon by Kernan and members of the North Wind Fisheries Committee.

 

"We need to make sure that there's actually viable fisheries out there to be a part of, and so one our key responsibilities and focuses is on making sure the commercial fisheries out there have best practice in place, and more importantly they're doing things sustainably from an environmental and economic perspective Women's Marquel Lee Jersey ," Katherine Winchester from the council said.

 

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LUANG NAMTHA, LAOS, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Around 1,000 heavy trucks from China are expected to daily pass through the Boten International Crossing Border Checkpoint in Luang Namtha Province once the Lao-China Railway Construction Project begins, Lao official told Xinhua and other media.

 

"Currently, there are more than 400 trucks passing the checkpoint per day. To receive the large number of arriving trucks, the checkpoint will extend its working hours from normal to 10 p.m.," said Phonexay Chanthasone, head of Lao Boten Crossing Border Checkpoint.

 

The goods imported from China in 2016 amounted to more than 85 million U.S. dollars while the export volume from Laos was 8 million U.S. dollars, said the official.

 

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