Iraqi Troops Retake Two Towns 11/24 06:29
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militiamen and Kurdish
security forces recaptured two towns seized previously by militants in an
eastern province, said Iraqi officials on Monday, a new victory for Iraqi
security forces in their attempt to regain areas lost to the militants.
Police officials in Diyala province said that Iraqi forces entered the towns
of Saadiya and Jalula late Sunday after fierce clashes with fighters from the
Islamic State group.
The fighting is still continuing with some pockets of resistance outside the
two towns, said the police officials. Teams defusing unexploded ordnance are
working to defuse roadside bombs planted in the streets by the militants before
Some families that fled the area have already started to come back to their
homes in the two towns. Kurdish security forces, known also as peshmerga took
part in the fighting against the IS group in both towns. Diyala province is
ethnically mixed between Arabs and Kurds, and Jalula has a large Kurdish
All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not
authorized to speak to the media.
Islamic militants seized the towns of Jalula, 125 kilometers (80 miles)
northeast of Baghdad, and Saadiya, 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of the
capital in August after a stunning summer blitz which enabled the Islamic State
group to take over large swaths of land in the country's north and west.