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Iraq launches offensive on Daesh in 3 Syrian provinces

Baghdad, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) The Iraqi army launched a military operation against members of the Islamic State militant group (Daesh) in the provinces of Anbar, Saladin and Nineveh, bordering Syria.

A statement by the government´s security media cell stated the second phase of Operation Swords of Truth was launched, noting that this is part of a major offensive that has been going on for a week.

According to the statement, all security forces are participating in the operation, with the support of the Air Force, noting that “the results of the operations will be announced later”.

The Joint Operations Command said in a statement, that the Deputy Commander of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Qais Khalaf Rahima, and the Commander of the Ground Forces, Lieutenant General Qassem Muhammad Saleh have inspected the mobile headquarters of each of the Operations Commands to supervise the joint military operations.

The Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee, on the other hand, indicated that there is a weakness in the intelligence work in monitoring Daesh fighter movements.