Iraqi Military launches anti-Daesh operation in Kirkuk and Salahudin provinces

The Iraqi Military has confirmed that the Iraqi security forces has launched a major attack to hunt down Daesh militants in the provinces of Kirkuk and Salahudin on June 2.

In an official statement, Yahia Rasoul, Spokesman of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi forces, said that the Iraqi security forces, backed by Iraqi and international coalition aircraft, pushed in early morning, in five routes, to secure the desert and rugged areas between the two provinces of Kirkuk and Salahudin.

Yahia Rasoul added that by far, the troops managed to kill two militants and destroy three of their hideouts and a number of tunnels, along with destroying a booby-trapped car and various weapons and ammunition.

Yahia Rasoul said that Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi paid a visit to the headquarters of the Joint Operations Command in Kirkuk, some 250 km north of the capital, Baghdad, and immediately held a meeting with the commanders, to supervise the offensive.

The provinces of Kirkuk and Salahudin has been a hot bed for Daesh militants and Yahia Rasoul said that the offensive was designed to bring stability and security to the area.

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