Akari is a city of the desert in Iraq’s western Anbar province.
It sits at the intersection of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
The city is home to an estimated 100,000 people and has a population of more than two million.
It is also the only city in the country with a functioning sewage system.
The capital of the Anbar provincial capital, Ramadi, has been plagued by security issues for years.
Its government and security forces have been battling ISIS since 2014.
But in March 2017, the security forces captured a major city center, the town of Ramadi.
The recapture marked the beginning of the defeat of ISIS in Anbar.
Now, with the defeat in sight, ISIS is looking to regroup.
The group has been planning to launch a major offensive to retake Ramadi for months, a move that has been delayed by the ongoing war in neighboring Syria.
“We will launch a massive operation in Ramadi and then, if all goes well, then we will leave the city and move to Anbar,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group’s leader, said in a June 25, 2017, video address.
The announcement came just months after the Iraqi government was able to recapture Mosul, a city ISIS had held since 2014 and the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad.
“This is the moment when the [ISIL] terrorists will be forced to withdraw from Ramadi,” al-Tunisi, the leader of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, told the world in the video.
In August, the Iraqi military launched a campaign to retake the city of Tikrit, an area that is home of the holiest sites in Islam.
However, the ISIS leader’s claims of a major operation in the city were met with skepticism by many Iraqis.
ISIS seized Tikrit in late summer 2017.
However the group later released a video in August that suggested that the Tikrit campaign would take several months to complete.
“ISIS has not made any progress in Tikrit since the beginning,” Tikrit’s provincial governor, Abdul-Karim al-Anbari, told The Associated Press in September.
“The operation has been halted.
The operation was a failure.
We have nothing to show for it.”
In December, the U.S. military said it had not received any intelligence suggesting ISIS had advanced in Tikrat, but had continued to conduct air strikes against the group.
The U.N. Security Council has also voiced concerns about ISIS advances in the region.
However in January, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that his government would soon begin evacuating tens of thousands of people from Tikrit.
The government has also announced that it will open a new military base in the town.
Iraqi security forces also said on Saturday that they were closing a border crossing with Syria and Jordan, which has been used by ISIS fighters to cross into the country.