Iraqi security forces have pushed ahead with their campaign against Takfiri Deash militants in Iraq’s conflict-ridden western province of Anbar, inflicting losses on the terrorists.
A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Iraqi troops gained ground in the town of Albu Faraj, located more than 120 kilometers (74 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad, on Tuesday following fierce clashes with Daesh extremists, the Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network reported.
The source added that 35 Daesh members were killed during the heavy exchanges of fire between the two sides, and as many as 10 vehicles belonging to the militants were also destroyed.
Iraqi government forces also detonated 12 booby-trapped houses and defused at least 65 improvised explosive devices that Daesh terrorists had planted across Albu Faraj in the same province.
Also on Tuesday, fighters from the pro-government Popular Mobilization units fired a barrage of missiles at Daesh positions in an area on the outskirts of the strategic and oil-rich city of Baiji, located some 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of Baghdad, leveling their hideouts there. There were no immediate reports of casualties on the Daesh ranks.
Meanwhile, Sadeq al-Husseini, the head of the security committee in the Diyala provincial council, says at least 3,000 Popular Mobilization fighters are assisting Iraqi security personnel in joint operations in Anbar and Salahuddin provinces against Daesh Takfiris.
Husseini added that Iraqi troopers and allied forces have joined forces to seize militant-held areas, and liberate people who are suffering from aggression under the Daesh extremists’ reign of terror.
Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh Takfiris launched their terrorist activities in June 2014, and took control of portions of Iraqi territory.
The militants have been committing vicious crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and others.