Iraq launches anti-Islamic State operation in Salahuddin

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Salahuddin ( – An Iraqi counter-terrorism force announced on Tuesday the launch of a military operation to track down Islamic State militants in Salahuddin province.

The operation, dubbed “Black Dust”, was launched in Kanous village, northeast of Salahuddin, Alghad Press quoted the Counter-Terrorism Service as saying in a statement.

It is backed by warplanes of the U.S.-led international coalition and Nineveh police, the statement read.

In December 2017, former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over the terrorist Islamic State group three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.


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