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Iraqi army inflicts more losses on ISIL militants

Iraqi army inflicts more losses on ISIL militantsThe Iraqi army has continued its mop-up operations across the country, inflicting heavy losses on the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group.
On Saturday, Iraqi air force fighter jets destroyed a number of vehicles operated by the ISIL members and pounded their hideouts in the western province of al-Anbar.
A militant operation base was also destroyed during the offensive.
Elsewhere in Baghdad’s western suburb of al-Amiriya, Iraqi government forces managed to disband a terrorist cell.
Iraqi sources said the group intended to carry out acts of terror in the area during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Iraqi armed forces along with tribal groups from Diyala have started a massive operation against the ISIL terrorists in the region. The militants have reportedly escaped to a region close to Iran’s border.
On June 10, the Takfiri militants gained control of Mosul, the capital of Iraq’s Nineveh Province, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of Baghdad.
Over the past days, Iraqi armed forces have been engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorists, who have threatened to take their acts of violence to other Iraqi cities, including the capital.
However, their advance was slowed down as Iraqi military forces and volunteer fighters have begun engaging them on several fronts, pushing the militants out of several areas they had earlier overrun, including the city of Tikrit, which was retaken by Iraqi forces on Saturday.

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