Key Salahuddin village recaptured by Iraqi army

Published August 22nd, 2015 - 04:46 GMT
Iraqi forces claim to hold complete control of the village of Albu Jarad. (Albawaba/File)
Iraqi forces claim to hold complete control of the village of Albu Jarad. (Albawaba/File)

The Iraqi army, backed by volunteer forces, has managed to recapture a major village from Daesh in the northern province of Salahuddin, as it continues the battle against the militant group.

Iraqi military sources said on Saturday that government troops also managed to kill dozens of militants and destroy at least eight of their armored vehicles during a large-scale security operation for the liberation of Albu Jarad.

Iraqi military aircraft also destroyed several militant hideouts and arms depots belonging to Daesh.

Iraqi security forces say they have now regained full control of the village.

The government forces recently launched a massive operation to recapture strategic towns in Salahuddin as well as the provinces of Nineveh and Anbar provinces to clear those regions of Daesh.

In Anbar, western Iraq, the air force carried out strikes on militant positions in two districts of the provincial capital, Ramadi. 

Similarly, reports said Iraqi forces recaptured three villages near the city of Samarra, north of the capital, Baghdad. Military sources said over two dozen Daesh militants were killed in battles for the villages. Fatalities were also reported on the side of the army.

Violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq since Daesh began its atrocities in June 2014. The group has been committing heinous crimes against all ethnic and religious groups in Iraq.

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