WASHINGTON – Iraq’s military and allied militias have launched a new security operation against remnants of the Islamic State (IS) terror group in a northeastern province. The military campaign, supported by airpower from the Iraqi air force, is focused on eliminating active IS cells in the restive province of Diyala, Iraqi military officials said. “The security units have begun the mission of searching and purging the mountain range surrounding Hamrin Lake and adjacent areas … in Diyala,” Iraqi military spokesman Yahya Rasool said on Twitter Sunday. At least five IS terrorists have been killed and four of their hideouts were destroyed in the multiday campaign, Rasool said. The Iraqi official added that pro-government Shiite militias, known as Popular Mobilization Forces, also destroyed several vehicles belonging to IS militants in Diyala. Despite its territorial defeat, IS remains active in several provinces of Iraqi’s north, particularly in areas that are considered “disputed” between the central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government. Last month, IS militants carried out multiple attacks against security forces and civilians in the area, including an attack in the province of Salahuddin that killed seven members of a family . Counterinsurgency challenges Hussein Ali Allawi, professor of national security… Read full this story
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