Air raid kills two Islamic State militants in Iraq’s Diyala

Paramilitary fighters and military vehicles are seen during a military operation to retake positions held by Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Muqdadiyah in Diyala province, north of Baghdad January 25, 2015. Picture taken January 25, 2015. REUTERS

Diyala ( – Two members of the Islamic State militant group were killed Wednesday in an air raid on a terrorist hotbed in the eastern province of Diyala, a security committee said.

“A series of airstrikes targeted several hotbeds of the Islamic State militant group in al-Maita area on the provincial border with Salahuddin, leaving two IS dead,” Sadiq al-Husseini, head of the security committee of Diyala provincial council, told Baghdad Today.

The air raid was based on intelligence information, he added.

In January 2015, Iraqi forces announced liberation of Diyala province from Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The province has seen months of fighting between Iraqi troops and IS militants especially in the Jalawla and Saadiyah areas in the province’s north and areas near the town of Muqdadiyah.

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