Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – On Sunday, Iraqi army forces regained the towns of Jalawla and Saadiya following clashes with extremists of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), officials said.
Both towns, located about 115 km northeast of Baghdad, were taken earlier as strongholds by the IS militants. The majority of residents had been displaced for weeks.
According to Iraqi officials, Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces participated in the anti-IS operations in both towns alongside Iraqi army units.
At least 22 fighters were killed on both sides, and dozens injured and transferred to medical centers in Baghdad’s countryside.
“We have liberated Jalawla and Saadiya,” said Mala Bakhtiar, a senior official of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, speaking by phone from a nearby town.
He estimated 50 out of a force of 400Islamic State fighters may have been killed.
Reporting by: Ayaz Ciziri
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