TEHRAN- The Iraqi army and volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) started their massive operations against the ISIL terrorist group in Samarra region of Salahuddin province on Tuesday.
The Iraqi joint operations command center confirmed the beginning of new operations against the ISIL militants in Samarra.
There were no further details available about the operations.
In a relevant development on Monday, a senior commander of Iraqi volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) disclosed that his forces have thwarted the ISIL’s toughest attacks on strategic heights in Salahuddin province.
“Our forces have repelled the ISIL’s attacks on Hamreen heights in Salahuddin province,” Commander of Imam Khamenei Battalion Haidar al-Hosseini al-Ardavi told FNA.
He noted that after the mop-up operations in the Northern parts of Salahuddin province over the past two months, the Iraqi government commissioned the volunteer forces to purge terrorists from Hamreen heights as far as al-Sharqat region.
“The ISIL has carried out heavy attacks against the military positions of the Iraqi volunteer forces, including Imam Khamenei Battalion and Imam Mohammad Javad Brigade, since yesterday, but the Iraqi volunteer forces have managed to kill 53 ISIL terrorists and injure scores of others,” al-Ardavi added.
Also in December, a spokesman of Saraya al-Salam group affiliated to the Sadr movement said that at least 70 ISIL terrorists were killed during the cleansing operations in the Western parts of Samara.
“During the attacks against the ISIL positions in Western Samara nearly 100 terrorists, including the infamous terrorist, Ali Abdullah al-Asafi, one of the ISIL ringleaders and 6 of his senior assistants were killed,” Safa al-Tamimi told FNA.
He said that the operations also set fire to the terrorists’ buildings and destroyed their positions.
“Initial reports said that over 70 ISIL terrorists have been killed in the attack,” Tamimi added.
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