The Iraqi Joint Operations Command announced, on Sunday, the launching of a military operation in Diyala governorate, east of Baghdad, that aims to pursue ISIS mercenary cells.
The operation was launched in 3 axes, and it is a continuation of previous similar operations "aimed at creating a safe environment for the return of the displaced to 6 areas of Diyala province."
Forces of the Iraqi army and federal police, as well as the PMF, are participating in the operation.
This development comes a day after the Popular Mobilization Forces announced their response to a violent attack by ISIS mercenaries in al-Azim sector northwest of Diyala, according to the Iraqi News Agency, Saturday.
A statement by the PMF stated that "the brigade's 23rd forces, in PMF responded to a violent attack by ISIS in the Al-Azim Sector northwest of Diyala."
On July 11, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi pledged to continue military operations in order to pursue any threat to terrorist gangs, during his visit to Diyala Governorate.