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Iran Press TV

Iraqi forces gain more ground in Diyala Province

Iran Press TV

Sat Nov 29, 2014 5:4PM GMT

The Iraqi military, supported by volunteer fighters, has succeeded in flushing out Takfiri ISIL militants from the Hamrin Mountains in the eastern province of Diyala, Press TV reports.

The Iraqi Federal Police headquarters said the Iraqi forces managed to clear the entire area of the ISIL terrorists, inflicting heavy losses on the Takfiri group there.

The police department in the eastern province said Iraqi forces have gained the control of a large ISIL-linked camp in the hills connecting Diyala to the province of Salahuddin.

Referring to the advances by the Iraqi security forces, political analyst, Amir al-Saadi, told Press TV, "Changing the security leaders, cutting militants' supply lines and enhancing the intelligence operations have all resulted in more successful military operations against the ISIL insurgents."

The Iraqi government has allocated a considerable budget to purchasing more weapons and military vehicles in Salahuddin Province. Baghdad has also agreed to train some 2,000 fighters to help liberate the city of Mosul from the ISIL.

"At the beginning of the clashes between the ISIL and the army, the ISIL was the one choosing the timing and place for the battle. Now the Iraqi army and accompanying forces are the ones choosing when and where the battle will take place, which shows that the army has the upper hand now," Fawzi al-Atrushi, a political commentator, said.

The Iraqi army has so far managed to make numerous gains in the fight against the ISIL militants, pledging to continue the battle against the extremist group.

The ISIL terrorists control large areas across northern and western Iraq as well as eastern Syria.

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