Iraqi government forces are seen near the Falahat village west of Fallujah on June 27, 2016. Iraqi forces took the Islamic State group's last positions in the city of Fallujah on June 26, establishing full control over one of the jihadists' most emblematic bastions after a month-long operation. / AFP PHOTO / MOADH AL-DULAIMI

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:21 A.M.) – The commander of the Tigris Operations Room General Muzher al-Azzawi confirmed the launch of a full-scale operation in eastern Diyala to crack down on ISIS cells.

Azzawi stated in a media conference on Saturday that security forces supported by the air force launched the extensive operation from two wide fronts. He added that the operation began from Jalawla’s northern countryside and included the areas of Hawd al-Tabah and the villages of Islah and Falah all the way to villages of Sheikh Baba in northeast Ba’aquba.

The commander of the Tigris Operation Room pointed that this operation is part of the general security strategy aimed at tracking ISIS sleeper cells and achieving further stability and peace in the province.

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