Iraqi forces destroy 3 IS terrorist hotbeds, booby-trapped house 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 ( – Iraqi security forces destroyed on Thursday three Islamic State terrorist hotbeds and a booby-trapped house during a security operation in the eastern province of Diyala, a security source was quoted as saying.

“Joint security forces, backed by the Iraqi Air Force and tribal fighters, continued their security operation in al-Waqf basin, 25 km northeast of Baqubah, for the second day in a row to track down Islamic State militants scattered there,” the source told Baghdad Today news website.

“Three Islamic State terrorist hotbeds and a booby-trapped house were destroyed in the security campaign,” the source said, adding that seven explosive charges were found inside the house.

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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