A local Daesh leader and two of his aides were killed Monday, in an air strike in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, a provincial security source said.

An Iraqi aircraft bombarded a Daesh hideout near Sansal village, some 45 km north-east of the provincial capital Baquba, destroying the hideout and killing the three militants, the source said.

Meanwhile, security forces and paramilitary Hashd Shaabi fighters, carried out a search campaign looking for suspects and weapons, into houses and farms in al-Nedah, in north-east Baquba, which itself is located some 65 km north-east of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Despite repeated military operations in Diyala province, remnants of the militants were still hiding in rugged areas near the border with Iran in the eastern province, as well as, the sprawling areas extending from the western part of Diyala to the Himreen mountainous area.

Dozens of militants fled their former bases in Salahudin province and Hawijah, in the west of Kirkuk, after the Iraqi forces cleared these areas from the extremist militants during anti-Daesh offensives, the past few months.

On Dec 9, Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, officially declared full liberation of Iraq from the militants, after Iraqi forces recaptured all the areas once seized by the extremist group.

However, small groups of militants resorted to deserts and rugged areas, looking for safe havens, but the security forces are hunting them down from time to time.


Source: NAM News Network