Iraqi Forces Make Fresh Advances against ISIL
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iraqi troops, supported by volunteer forces, are making advances in their fight against the ISIL Takfiri militants in the province of Salahuddin, north of the capital, Baghdad.
The government forces, who have been battling the terrorist group for nearly six months now, pushed ahead toward two districts in the province. They had earlier mopped up one of the main roads leading to the districts of the Takfiris.
The forces, meanwhile, cleared the area during their anti-ISIL offensive in Salahuddin, discovering and defusing dozens of explosive devices and car bombs.
The fresh gains came after Iraqi armed forces recaptured the town of Jurf al-Sakhr, southwest of Baghdad, from the ISIL militants.
More than 40 terrorists were also killed in fierce clashes with Iraqi soldiers in a district south of the capital. The army troops also seized a large cache of ammunition from the militants.
The Iraqi troops have pledged to make more gains in the coming weeks, Press TV reported.
The ISIL militants have seized large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, terrorizing all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians in the areas they are controlling.