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Iraqi forces liberate two districts in Anbar

Fighters from the Iraqi pro-government forces flash the sign for victory as they drive vehicles in the Albu Aitha area, north of Ramadi, on May 12, 2016. (AFP)

Iraqi security forces, backed by fighters from pro-government tribal units, have fully liberated two districts in the conflict-ridden western province of Anbar from Takfiri Daesh terrorists.

Abdul Jabbar al-Obeidi, a member of al-Baghdadi District Council in Anbar, told Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network on Friday that government forces and their allies carried out a counter-terrorism operation in Jabba region, located about 90 kilometers (55 miles) west of the provincial capital city of Ramadi, and managed to wrest control over the terrain and raise the national Iraqi flag over a building.

Major General Ali Ibrahim Daboun, commander of al-Jazeera and al-Baadia Operations, said at least 35 Daesh terrorists were killed in the first phase of Jabba liberation operation on Thursday. Over 35 others were slain on Friday.

Daboun said government artillery units supported by Iraqi fighter jets also took part in the offensive.

Later on Friday, Iraqi security personnel together with tribal fighters liberated the village of Adousiyah, which lies in close proximity to Jabba, without much resistance from Daesh.

Fighters from the Iraqi pro-government forces take part in a military operation against Takfiri Daesh terrorists near Amriyat al-Fallujah, west of the capital, Baghdad, in Anbar Province, May 5, 2016. (AFP)

Separately, Major General Ismail al-Mahlawi, commander of the Anbar Operation, said Iraqi military aircraft launched a string of precision strikes against Daesh north of Ramadi.

The Iraqi Defense Ministry also announced in a statement on Friday that security forces have destroyed four Daesh hideouts during mop-up operations across the eastern province of Diyala.

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