IRAQI FORCES LAUNCH OPERATION TO CLEAR DAESH REMNANTS IN CENTRAL IRAQ

BAGHDAD, Iraq- Iraqi security forces launched an operation on Saturday, to hunt down remnants of the Daesh militants, at rugged rural area, in northern central Iraq, the Iraqi military, said.

On Saturday morning, the troops, backed by paramilitary Hashd Shaabi brigades, advanced from three directions to clear the Mteibijah area, near the border between the provinces of Salahudin and Diyala, the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) said, in a brief statement.

At the end of the day, the troops searched 14 villages, scattered in the area, and managed to destroy a Daesh hideout and detonated nine roadside bombs, the JOC said, in a separate statement.

The troops will continue the operation in the coming days, until they clear the sprawling rugged area, that extends from the western part of Diyala to the Himreen mountainous area and nearby Mteibijah area, in the neighbouring Salahudin province.

Dozens of militants fled their bases in Salahudin province and Hawijah area, in 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 militants resorted to the deserts and rugged areas, looking for safe havens, but the security forces are hunting them down from time to time.

 

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK