By Hussein al-Amir
DIYALA, Iraq (AA) – Iraqi forces dismantled 40 positions belonging to the Daesh terrorist group in the eastern Diyala province, according to a local police officer on Saturday.
“Joint forces from the army, police and Hashd al-Shaabi militia launched a widespread military operation over the past days in eastern Diyala,” Police Captain Habib al-Shimari told Anadolu Agency.
He said two militants were also killed during the security swoop.
No information was yet available about casualties among Iraqi forces.
Recent months have seen frequent attacks by Daesh terrorists on security personnel stationed in Iraq’s northern and eastern provinces.
Last year, Iraqi officials declared that Daesh's military presence in the country had been all but destroyed following a three-year conflict with the army.
Nevertheless, the group appears to have maintained a limited presence in certain parts of the country, against which Iraqi security forces continue to carry out frequent operations.