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Iraq Forces Launch Anti-IS Operation 07/20 09:13

Iraq Forces Launch Anti-IS Operation   07/20 09:13

   BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's military says its troops are partnering with security 
agencies and paramilitary forces to clear remnants of the Islamic State group 
north of Baghdad and surrounding areas.

   The operation launched Saturday is the second phase of operation dubbed 
"Will to Victory." The military said the new target area is north of Baghdad 
and Diyala, Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.

   The first phase was launched two weeks ago, and targeted the area along the 
border with Syria.

   Although Iraq declared victory against IS in July 2017, the extremists have 
turned into an insurgency and continue to carry out deadly attacks in the 
country.

   The military said Iraqi troops, Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, the 
federal police and others are taking part in the operation supported by the 
Iraqi and the U.S-led international coalition.


(KR)