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Five IS members killed in airstrikes on Salahuddin-Diyala borders

Aerial bombardment. File photo.


Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Five Islamic State militants were killed in airstrikes launched at the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin provinces, officials said.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, Mohamed Daifan al-Ebeidi, head of Udhaim provincial council, said, “a fighter jet of the army followed an armed IS cell, composed of three militants, in hills located near al-BuJumaa region, on borders between Diyala and Salahuddin. All of them were killed.”

“The presence of IS members on the borders between Salahuddin and Diyala still represents a security challenge,” Ebeidi added.

Meanwhile, Abdul Khaleq al-Azzawi, member of Diyala provincial council, said two militants were killed as aerial shelling targeted a vehicle on the borders between the two provinces.

“The army jets shelled a vehicle for IS that went near from the joint security checkpoints at al-Mayta region, near the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin, which left two IS members killed,” Azzawi told AlSumaria News.

“Al-Mayta is one of the regions, where IS still exists,” he added.

Earlier on the day, the Dijla Operations Command announced launching a wide-scale operation in Hawi al-Udhaim region, north of Diyala.

Last week, al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) managed to repel an attack launched by IS to target a checkpoint in al-Bou Eissa village, north of Udhaim, in Diyala. The militants ran away as the troops foiled their attempt.


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