Iraqi forces, backed by Shia volunteer forces, have killed at least 70 militants belonging to the ISIL Takfiri group in the holy city of Samarra in Salahuddin province.
Mohammed Abbas, the commander of Badr Corps' sixth brigade, made the remarks on Tuesday, saying the terrorists were killed in a joint operation by Iraqi army troops, federal police forces and fighters of the popular mobilization units in the west of Samarra.
Abbas said the Iraqi forces managed to destroy as many as nine vehicles used by ISIL terrorists, adding that 27 square kilometers in the city was cleared of the terrorists.
According to reports, over 4,000 Shia volunteers are participating in the operation which was launched on Tuesday to liberate Salahuddin province.
Iraq has also launched massive operations to drive ISIL Takfiri terrorists out of the western Anbar province, which has been the scene of clashes since early 2014.
According to a security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, dozens Takfiri militants have so far been killed in the fighting between Iraqi forces and the ISIL in Anbar province. At least 13 militants were reported dead in al-Karmaeast district of the provincial capital city of Ramadi.
Iraqi forces are tightening the noose around the terrorist in Anbar. They have already cut off aid routes to the militants.
Iraqi Prime Minister Heidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday that “security forces have surrounded the Takfiri ISIL members”, pledging swift advances against the terrorists.
ISIL militants seized some parts of Anbar in early 2014 and captured Ramadi earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Iraqi troops and popular mobilization forces have recently pushed the Takfiri terrorists out of several cities.
The northern and western parts Iraq have been the scene of clashes since ISIL started its campaign of terror in the Arab country early June 2014.