Baquba (IraqiNews.com) Thirteen Islamic State members were killed and injured in a security operation launched in northeast of Baquba, Diyala, a commander announced.
In remarks on Thursday, Maj. Gen. Mazhar al-Azzawi, commander of Dijla Operations Command, said, “security troops carried out security operation in al-Assyoud region in Muqdadiya, northeast of Baquba.”
“The operation left twelve militants killed and another injured, most of whom from the region. Explosives and weapons were found,” he added.
News reports quoted on Wednesday Adnan al-Tamimi, head of Muqdadiyah City Council, as saying that the region is vulnerable to terrorist attacks. He claimed that the militant group has hotbeds there and urged security bodies in Diyala province to purge the surrounding areas.
Earlier today, Sadeq al-Husseini, head of the committee, told AlSumaria News that security troops managed to kill the Islamic State’s so-called Diyala State’s head (Wali), known as Abu Ayed, in Hamreen mountains.
In December, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.
Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group. Nearly five million people were displaced since the launch of the offensives to recapture occupied cities.