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Gov’t Forces Purge 25 Villages of Terrorists in Northern Iraq

17 December 2017 22:03


The Iraqi forces carried out a fresh mop-up operations in a vast region between the provinces of Salahuddin and Diyala in the Northern part of the country, cleansing 25 villages, the Iraqi Defense Ministry announced on Sunday.

The Iraqi ministry reported that the pro-government forces in large-scale mop-up operation in Masibijeh region between the province of Salahuddin and Diyala managed to clean 25 villages from the remaining pockets of ISIL terrorists.

The ministry further said that the mop-up operation was headed by the ground force, adding the country’s volunteer forces of Hashd al-Shaabi participated in the operation.

The Iraqi forces destroyed 15 landmines, 2 trenches, 3 tunnels, 1 passageway, 2 bomb-laden motorbikes and a hideout of the ISIL in their operation.

Relevant reports said on Saturday that the popular forces of Hashd al-Shaabi engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL that utilized at least seven armored vehicles carrying a number of terrorists, including suicide attackers, to target the government forces’ positions at border with Syria.

The Hashd al-Shaabi fighters killed a number of terrorists and destroyed one of the armored vehicles and managed to fend off their attack.

Also, the artillery units of Hashd al-Shaabi shelled one of the positions of ISIL in Syria’s territories opposite to Tad Safouk at Iraq-Syria border and destroyed it.

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