Iraqi army destroys Islamic State arms depot in 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 ( – The Iraqi army destroyed on Sunday an arms depot of the Islamic State militant group in the eastern province of Diyala, a security source said.

“Iraqi warplanes destroyed a warehouse that was used by Islamic State militants for storing weapons in al Miqdadiyah district, about 30 km northeast of Baquba, the capital of Diyala,” the source told Iraqi news website Mawazin News.

“Four explosive belts, four bombs and eight missiles were found inside the hotbed,” the source said, adding that all the explosives were destroyed in the operation.

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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