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Iraqi Forces Battle ISIL in Towns North of Baghdad.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi soldiers backed by Shiite fighters and Kurdish Peshmarga forces attacked two towns Northeast of Baghdad held by the ISIL Takfiri group on Sunday, leaving a large number of terrorists dead.

Peshmerga and army officers advanced into Jalawla, 115 km (70 miles) from Baghdad, and the nearby town of Saadiya, which they have been trying to recapture from ISIL since the group seized them in August, World Bulletin reported.

Jalawla and Saadiya are located in Diyala province which is mainly under the control of the Baghdad government forces and Kurdish peshmerga.

A senior peshmerga official said the ISIL presence in Jalawla threatened the Kurdish-controlled towns of Kalar and Khanaqin to the North as well as nearby dams and oil fields.

"Recapturing the town would also allow the road to be reopened between Baghdad and Khanaqin," Peshmerga Secretary-General Jabbar Yawar said.

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Geographic Code:7IRAQ
Date:Nov 23, 2014
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