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Iraq launches large-scale operations to clear Kirkuk-Dyala road

A joint Iraqi force has launched a clearance operation to control a road once held by ISIS in recent

A joint Iraqi force has launched a clearance operation to control a road previously held by ISIS, Brigadier Yahia Rasool, Spokesman for the security information center, said on Wednesday.

Under Supervision and coordination among the Joint Operations Command, the Iraqi Army, the Federal Police, Diyala and Salahuddin security forces and the Iraqi Air Forces, a clearance operation was launched in order to clean the eastern areas located between Kirkuk and Dyala cities, the spokesman added.

Thousands of ISIS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.
Many suspects were arrested over links with Islamic State, since the city was recaptured from the group in July 2017.

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by ISIS, since 2014. However, the group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

Last Modified: Wednesday، 04 July 2018 11:12 AM
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