From 4 axes..the Iraqi army launches a new operation to confront ISIS in Diyala

The army launches a large-scale 4-axis operation to hunt down ISIS remnants in the Azim district of Diyala governorate, and the operation will be with the participation of special forces from the rapid response of the Ministry of the Interior, and forces from the Popular Mobilization, with the support of army helicopters.

On Sunday, joint Iraqi forces began a large-scale military operation against the Islamic State in the eastern province of Diyala, which witnessed two days ago an attack by the organization that killed 11 Iraqi soldiers.

Anadolu Agency quoted the first lieutenant in the Diyala police, Shaalan Al-Kameli, that “a large military operation from 4 axes was launched to pursue the remnants of the Islamic State in the Al-Azim district of Diyala Governorate.”

He added that the operation was launched with the participation of the army forces, special forces of the rapid response of the Ministry of Interior, and forces of the Popular Mobilization, with the support of military helicopters of the Iraqi army.

For his part, the commander of Diyala operations for the Popular Mobilization Forces, Talib al-Moussawi, said in a statement that the operation began at seven o’clock this morning.

He added that the operation came to pursue the remnants of the organization after the “treacherous attack” of the Iraqi army in the Azim district.

In the statement, al-Moussawi explained that the operation aims to tighten the cordon, and hold a blocking line on the Nahia al-Azim river basin in its eastern and western parts, and hold the al-Numan line all the way to the mouth of Nahr al-Azim to the Tigris River in the south, noting that operations will continue despite the low temperatures, cold weather, complex terrain and movement. difficult conditions within jungles and water bodies within the scope of operations.

A lieutenant colonel and 10 Iraqi soldiers were killed in an attack by ISIS militants on an Iraqi army headquarters in Al-Azim district in Diyala last Friday, according to the official authorities and a security source.

Urgent action

Against the background of the attack, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi ordered an urgent investigation into the attack, commitment to the highest levels of preparedness to carry out major operations in the areas used by members of the organization, and speedy action “to inflict just punishment on the terrorists who committed this cowardly act.”

In a related context, the Iraqi Minister of Defense Jumaa Inad admitted the “deficiencies” of the soldiers in the Diyala incident, which caused the death of 11 soldiers in an ISIS attack on an army site in Diyala province.

Inad said, in a statement, “The great incident is an extension of the incidents that preceded it, and it is the result of negligence at the level of lower and middle leaders, and the defaulters will be held accountable.”

He added that the situation of ISIS at the present time is not comparable to its situation before 2014, explaining that the “terrorist cells” deployed in the field are effective, but they are few and have simple armament that does not exceed a rifle and a sniper.

Army strengthening

The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, had called on the government, following the Diyala operation, to strengthen the capabilities of the army.

And he said in a tweet to him on his Twitter page, “The government should strengthen the capabilities of the Iraqi army, which has the responsibility to protect Iraq and the people, and not fail in that.”

Recently, ISIS has intensified its attacks on military and civilian targets in areas in northern and eastern Iraq.

The Iraqi forces, on the other hand, launch military campaigns and operations at frequent intervals to pursue the organization’s elements throughout the country.

ISIS controlled about a third of the area of ​​Iraq in the summer of 2014, before Baghdad announced the restoration of the entire territory of the country in 2017, but sleeper cells of the organization are still spread in large areas that are responsible for the attacks taking place in the country.

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