Middle East

Iraq kills 14 militants in Diyala

Armed Iraqi security forces take their positions during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) in the city of Ramadi May 26, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

BAGHDAD: Iraqi army troops have killed 14 militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) in a military operation in the northern province of Diyala, the provincial army command said Thursday.

"A security force backed by police units carried out a preemptive operation today in the Al-Hawi region north of [provincial capital] Baqubah," Commander Abdel-Amir al-Zaidi told Anadolu Agency.

"During the operation, troops killed 14 ISIS militants, destroyed six vehicles and defused five explosive belts," he added.

Iraq has been the scene of mounting violence in recent months.

For months, the Iraqi government has battled ISIS militants who authorities say are linked to Al-Qaeda.

While the army battles the ISIS in Iraq's western and northern provinces, other parts of the country have seen a string of bombings, assassinations and other attacks on police and army personnel.

The violence has also spread into Baghdad, which has seen a recent string of bombings.





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