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Iraq launches comprehensive counterterrorism operation

Iraq launches comprehensive counterterrorism operation

Baghdad, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (al-Hashd al-Shaabi, in Arabic) launched a broad operation against strongholds of the Islamic State terrorist group, according to Al Forat news.

Detachments of the force, which acts under the guidance of the Armed Forces, began to deploy around the city of Samarra, 125 kilometers north of the capital.

Reports show that the goal is to identify and eliminate hidden cells of the extremist group that resort to sporadic attacks on isolated towns.

Iraqi Intelligence reported the arrest of a leader of Daesh (an acronym in Arabic for Islamic State) in Mosul, the capital of the province of Nineveh.


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