The deputy commander of the joint operations, Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Al-Shammari, said in a statement that commanders from the Ministry of Defense, Interior and the Popular Mobilization Forces have been present since early morning in the region to follow up the security operation against ISIS.
On the second day of the operation, the Joint Forces found hostels where it seized equipment, ammunition, weapons and bikes.
The Forces also destroyed tunnels and dismantled explosive devices.
Gen. Al-Shammari confirmed that the joint forces, accompanied by Air support, will continue its operations in the rugged areas pursuing ISIS remnants to secure Diyala Governorate.
In 2017, Iraq declared final victory over ISIS after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.
Yet, ISIS still has sleeper cells in several Iraqi Governorates.
Its fighters are making a comeback with kidnap and killing, the latest massive reactivation incident is when two ISIS men blew themselves up in a crowded Baghdad market on January 2021, killing at least 32 people in Iraq’s first big suicide bombing for three years.