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
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.