Iraqi forces show victory signs after they captured Rawa town, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, Iraq November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
BAGHDAD - 17 December 2017: Iraqi forces cleared 25 villages in Diyala province from militants and terrorists, according to a statement on Sunday by the Iraqi Ground Forces Command on Sunday.
With the participation of the Popular Mobilization Forces, known as Hashd el Shaabi, the Iraqi forces carried out a wide-scale search operation in the villages.
The forces destroyed 15 explosive devices, two booby-trapped motorbikes, two trenches and three tunnels.