Iraqi troops, Shiite militias retake 2 militant-held towns

November 24, 2014 11:36 AM

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Iraqi troops, Shiite militias retake 2 militant-held towns

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militiamen and Kurdish security forces recaptured two towns seized previously by militants in an eastern province, said Iraqi officials on Monday, a new victory for Iraqi security forces in their attempt to regain areas lost to the militants.

Police officials in Diyala province said that Iraqi forces entered the towns of Saadiya and Jalula late Sunday after fierce clashes with fighters from the Islamic State group.

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