Iraqi forces conduct security operation against ISIS

ERBIL, Iraq (North Press) – On Wednesday, the Iraqi forces conducted a broad-scale security operation in three Iraqi governorates.  

“A major operation to inspect and cleanse the south of Kirkuk governorate and the separating borders with the Salah al-Din and Diyala Operations Command was launched,” the Deputy Commander of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Abdulamir al- Shammari, announced in a statement.

“The operation was carried out in coordination with the Army Forces, the Rapid Response, the Ninth Division, the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the Air Force, the Army Aviation and the Global Coalition,” he added.

The operation is a continuation of “chasing the Islamic State (ISIS)’s sleeper cells, eradicating them completely and imposing security and stability in the aforementioned regions.”

The PMF said that it participated in the operation under the name of ‘Martyrs’ Revenge’, and that it was conducted to pursue ISIS remnants in various areas southwest Kirkuk.

It also aims to check and secure al-Shay and al-Zaytoun valleys and the villages within the area.

These areas are known as rough because they contain overlapping plains which secure appropriate environment for terrorists to infiltrate between Diyala, Kirkuk and Salah al-Din governorates, according to the PMF.

Reporting by Hassan Haji