Iraqi forces kill two ISIS militants, destroy 20 hideouts in Diyala

Iraqi military vehicles and a helicopter flying in the sky are seen in this undated picture taken during an anti-ISIS operation in Diyala

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi forces killed two Islamic State (ISIS) militants and destroyed 20 hideouts in Diyala province, a military spokesman said on Saturday.

The Iraqi security forces backed by U.S.-led Coalition forces launched an anti-ISIS operation to pursue the group’s remnants in Azim region in Diyala province, said Yehia Rasool, spokesman for commander-in-chief of he armed forces.

“During their days-long operation to pursue Daesh remnants, they managed to kill two militants of Islamic State,” Rasool tweeted, using an Arabic name for ISIS.

The security forces also destroyed 20 caves and dens of the militant group, some of which were build under agricultural lands in the region.

Recently, Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led Coalition forces have launched anti-ISIS operations to clear areas in Baghdad, Saladin, Anbar, Nineveh and Kirkuk provinces.

The federal government announced victory over Islamic State by the end of 2017 after Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led Coalition regained control of areas once captured by the militant group.

Despite its defeat, ISIS still poses a threat to the security and stability of the country as there are still sleeper cells in Iraq.

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