10 DAESH MILITANTS KILLED IN AIR STRIKES IN EASTERN IRAQ

BAQUBA, Iraq- A total of ten Daesh militants were killed Friday, in air strikes on two Daesh safe houses, at a rural area in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, an army commander said.

Iraqi helicopter gunships pounded two safe houses, based on intelligence reports, in Maytah area, some 120 km north-east of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, leaving ten Daesh militants killed, Lt. Gen. Mezhir al-Azzawi, commander of the security forces, responsible for military operations in Diyala province, said.

Maytah is part of the volatile al-Udhaim area, in the north-western part of Diyala province. The extremist Daesh group still use hideouts in the sprawling rugged areas, that extend from the western part of Diyala to the Himreen mountainous area and nearby Mteibijah area, in the neighbouring Salahudin province.

Dozens of Daesh militants fled their former bases, in Salahudin province and the Hawijah area, in the west of Kirkuk, after the Iraqi forces cleared these areas from the extremist militants, during anti-Daesh offensives, in the past few months.

On Dec 9, Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, officially declared full liberation of Iraq from the militants, after Iraqi forces recaptured all the areas once seized by the extremist group.

However, small groups of Daesh militants resorted to deserts and rugged areas, looking for safe havens, but the security forces are hunting them down from time to time.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK