Iraqi forces kill over 40 Daesh members in Anbar province
The operation was carried out near the city of Khan al-Baghdadi. (AFP)
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Iraqi security forces have engaged members of Daesh during an operation in the western province of al-Anbar, and killed tens of the terrorists in the process.
A source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the forces, backed by army troopers as well as Shia volunteer fighters, carried out an offensive around the city of Khan al-Baghdadi, situated about 180 kilometers (110 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad, on Saturday, and killed 46 Daesh members, Iraq’s al-Sumaria satellite TV network reported.
The source added that 21 individuals, who were of various Arab nationalities and were carrying explosive vests, were among the slain terrorists.
On February 26, at least 14 terrorists were killed and tens of others injured when Iraqi fighter jets conducted precision strikes in the cities of Fallujah, located roughly 69 kilometers (43 miles) west of Baghdad and al-Karmah, located 16 kilometers (10 miles) northeast of Fallujah.
Salahuddin governor Raed al-Jubouri said on February 24 that more than 5,000 volunteer fighters had arrived on the outskirts of the provincial capital of Tikrit, located about 150 kilometers (95 miles) north of Baghdad, as preparations are underway for the operation to retake the area.
“More than 5,000 volunteer fighters have arrived in Samarra and Speicher Base; they will take part in the military operation to liberate Tikrit,” he told English-language online newspaper, Iraqi News.
“The military units are ready to declare the beginning of the operation,” which “will be managed in accordance with a central plan that will start from several directions,” he said.
The terrorist group started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of the city of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.
Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen have recently succeeded in driving the terrorists out of some areas in Iraq.