Iraq carries out a military operation against jihadist cells in the center of country

TOPSHOT - Iraqi forces hold a position on November 4, 2017 near the Syrian border after recapturing the border town of Qaim, west of Anbar, from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists a day earlier. Syrian and allied forces converged on holdout Islamic State group fighters in the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal, the jihadists' very last urban bastion following a string of losses. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

IRAQ (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Iraqi counterterrorism forces carried out a military operation to hunt down elements of the Islamic state in the Hamrin Hills region, known for its rugged terrain in the center of the country, despite Baghdad’s announcement that the war against the extremist organization is over.

The jihadists have lost control of the cities for more than a year, but experts say radical Islamic militants are still hiding in hideouts within vast mountainous and desert areas.

“Under the guidance of the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, the anti-terrorist units backed by the Iraqi army and international coalition forces are conducting a wide security operation to hunt down remnants of terrorist elements in the hills of Hamrin to destroy all caves and safe havens,” said Brigadier Yahya Rasool.

Areas in the vicinity of Kirkuk and Diyala in the north are experiencing security deterioration, where jihadists are still able to erect barriers and abduct passers-by.

In turn, the spokesman of the device Sabah al-Nu’man said that “the device carried out a qualitative operation landing air in the area of ​​the mountains of Hamrin, resulted in the burning of fifteen added to the organization.”

“The operation was carried out with the participation of the air force, the air force and the international coalition, and control and command positions were seized,” he said, adding that “strikes and prosecution will continue until the existence of the remnants of the organization is terminated.”

In the same context, he revealed the location of the printing press of the magazine “Alnba” weekly issued by the organization in one of the additives.

“A specialized team analyzes the information found in the computers and analyzes the documents,” he said.

“We are watching the issue of the next issue, which is usually issued every Thursday.”

“The important thing is that this difficult area, which was a threat to the north of Diyala and south of Kirkuk has been cleaned,” he said, adding that “operations in other areas will be launched in the coming period.”

Experts warn of the presence of cells hiding in desert areas, especially at the border with Syria, or in the mountains of Hamrin and the desert of the great, where it is difficult for Iraqi forces to impose control, raising fears of the return of jihadists.

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