BESMAYA, IRAQ - MARCH 18: Iraqi army soldiers from the 4th Brigade of the 5th Division march in ranks during their graduation ceremony at Besmaya Range Complex on March 18, 2008, northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. The graduated Brigade is the first brigade to be fully equipped with equipment (M16s, M4s, tactical and non-tactical vehicles) purchased through Foreign Military Sales. Following graduation, this brigade will be moving out directly to their battle space in Diyala Province east of Baghdad, according to a press release by the U.S military. (Photo by Wathiq Khuzaie /Getty Images)

Iraqi forces have launched a full-scale security operation aiming at cleansing Diyala governorate from ISIS cells hiding in the eastern province after the group’s major defeat on December 2017.

Scores of the Islamic State elements have taken refuge in the northern parts of the bordering governorate in order to carry out guerrilla warfare against government targets across the area.

Led by the 5th Division, the Iraqi forces have so far managed to kill more than 20 ISIS jihadists, destroy 4 pickup vehicles and 12 motorcycles, as well as seize 4 mortar launchers and 10 ammo caches.

In a related context, federal police forces arrested two employees, including an electric engineer, over links with the Islamic State terror group.

On Sunday, ISIS released a video on its propaganda agency, Aamaq, showing six men, with their faces covered in bruises. The detainees were members of the Iraqi police and al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), who were kidnapped last week on a road linking Baghdad to Kirkuk.

The ultraconservative militants vowed to slaughter the abductees soon if the Iraqi government didn’t respond to their demands.

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Iraq & Syria best buddies under the protection of Russia and Iran = PRICELESS.