Iraqi forces launch large-scale operation against ISIS in north of Baghdad

A convoy of Iraqi military is pictured in the Samarra desert, on the border between Anbar and Saladin provinces, March 9, 2016. (AP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi forces launched a large-scale operation against Islamic State (ISIS) in north of Baghdad, Iraq’s military said on Saturday.

Iraqi security media cell said the security forces including federal police alongside the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), known as Hashid al-Shaabi, launched the operation to secure areas in north of Baghdad.

“The operation aims to track down the elements of ISIS terrorist gangs in these areas,” the military said in a statement.

Recently, the Iraqi forces have increased operations against ISIS remnants, who intermittently carry out attacks against civilians and security forces in the country.

The federal government announced victory over ISIS 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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