Iraqi forces clear farmland near Baghdad of IS militants

Iraqi forces clear farmland near Baghdad of IS militants

2019/07/23 | 16:35 - Source: Iraq News

(ThisDay | Iraq News Now)- TARAMIYAH, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi security forces are sweeping villages and farmland north of Baghdad as part of an operation aimed at clearing remaining militants belonging to the Islamic State group from around the country’s capital.

A military helicopter flew over army units in the area as troops on the ground searched for weapon caches and bombs in farmland in Taramiyah on Tuesday.

The area is about 50 kilometers, or 31 miles, north of Baghdad.

The dragnet is part of the operation dubbed “Will to Victory,” which started two weeks ago along the border with Syria and was extended last week to areas north of Baghdad and in the Diyala, Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.

Although Iraq declared victory against IS in July 2017, the extremists continue to carry out attacks around the country.

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