Military offensive launched in four regions, eastern Baquba

Diyala – The Dijla Operations Command has declared launching an offensive that includes four regions in east of Baquba, Diyala province.

“Joint troops of army and police, backed by the paramilitary troops, launched military operation that included four regions of al-Nada basin, Hamreen, Wadi Thilab and Tilal Qazlaq,” Mag. Gen. Mazhar al-Azzawi, told AlSumaria News on Saturday.

“The army jets destroyed a booby-trapped vehicle in Tilal Qazlaq region. A terrorist was arrested,” Azzawi said adding that the operation, which targets eliminating the Islamic State sleeper cells, is still ongoing.

Al-Nada region, which witnesses attacks by IS every now and then, is considered strategic being located at the eastern gate of Hamreen basin, which facilitated infiltration of some IS members recently.

Several offensives were launched over the past few weeks in eastern and northeastern regions in Diyala.

IS still holds a few areas in Salahuddin, Diyala, Anbar and Kirkuk, occasionally using them as launching points for its attacks against civilians and security. The Iraqi government is currently employing most of its military power in a major campaign to drive IS out of Mosul, its largest stronghold in Iraq.

Iraqi generals say the group currently controls less than seven percent of the Iraqi territory.

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