Joint Iraqi forces have launched a large-scale military operation to crack down on "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) cells in areas between the provinces of Diyala and Salaheddine, the Diyala Operations Command said Wednesday (September 26th).
The operation, supported by aerial coverage, aims to track down ISIS cells and search for wanted individuals in those areas, said commander Lt. Gen. Mizher al-Azzawi.
"The first phase of the operation covers the areas of Safit, al-Talea 1, al-Talea 2 and al-Azeem, and the villages of Albu Taraz, Albu Bakr, Albu Awad and Albu Heneihen, all the way to al-Azeem Dam in northern Diyala," he said.
"The second phase starts from al-Azeem Dam all the way to al-Zarqa Bridge, including Amerli, al-Tuz, Sarha, Maftul and Suleiman Bek in Salaheddine province," he added.
"Security forces continue to crack down on outlaws across Iraq to preserve security and stability," al-Azzawi said.