12 December 2017

Iraq launches anti-IS offensive in east

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Iraqi forces on Monday launched a military operation against the ISIS terrorist group in eastern Iraq, according to a local police officer. reports citing Anadolu news.

The operation targets ISIS militants in Naft Khana, 110 kilometers (68.3 miles) northeast of Diyala province, captain Habib al-Shemmari told Anadolu Agency.

In 2014, ISIS overran areas in Diyala along with vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq, but Iraqi forces have managed to recapture most territory ever since.

Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led air coalition, are currently engaged in a major offensive to dislodge the terrorist group from Mosul, their last stronghold in northern Iraq.

Meanwhile, five ISIS militants were killed in an Iraqi airstrike south-west of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.

Kurdish officer Kamran Mahmoud said the strike targeted a meeting of ISIS militants in the province.

ISIS still controls a large pocket south-west of Kirkuk province, which includes the districts of Hawija, Al-Riyadh and Al-Zab.

2017.07.03 / 17:12
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