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Iraq launches operation to track down Daesh militants 

Iraqi army is seen in Saladin, Iraq on 7 February 2 2018 [Ali Mukarrem Garip/Anadolu Agency]

The Iraqi army launched an operation on Monday to track down Daesh militants near the city of Baquba, 60km north-east of Baghdad. The militants are suspected of attacking an army patrol in the area on Sunday.

A security source in Diyala Governorate explained that soldiers with air cover carried out the operation in the orchards around Al-Mukhaisa village. It was added that the operation was a response to Sunday’s attack which resulted in two soldiers being wounded.

Militants affiliated with Daesh are active in the border areas between the provinces of Diyala and Salah Al-Din. Iraqi security forces carry out operations from time to time to cut them down.

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