Wr.: Mostafa Mohamed, Tr.: Ahmed Seif EL-Din
The Iraqi security forces launched several military operations to pursue the remnants of the terrorist organization “ISIS” and to clear all parts of Iraq’s provinces from its remnants. These operations have played their intended role in reducing the threat of the organization and ending the presence of its cells. The latest of these operations launched by the Iraqi security forces was “Swords of Truth,” which is part of a larger operation to eradicate the remaining elements of the terrorist organization.
On Saturday, February 18, 2023, the Iraqi Security Media Cell announced the launch of the “Swords of Truth” operation, in implementation of the directives of the Prime Minister, “Mohammed Shiaa Al-Sudani,” to the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, and for the purpose of continuing to pressure the remaining elements of “ISIS.”
According to a statement issued by the Security Media Cell, the latest military operation is part of a larger operation that has been ongoing for a week, involving all security forces, with the support of the Air Force and the Army Aviation.
“Swords of Truth” is not the first of its kind against the terrorist organization “ISIS,” as it was preceded by other operations that achieved a significant part of their goals in reducing the threat of the organization within Iraq. The Iraqi forces launched both the “Solid Administration” and “Desert Lions” operations in late 2021 to pursue the organization’s elements, which resulted in the killing of dozens of ISIS members, including first-line leaders, as well as the arrest of others.
Despite the fact that all the cities that the terrorist organization had seized during the liberation battles have been restored, other operations followed, the most famous of which was the comprehensive security operation called “Iron Hammer” in April 2022, to purify the areas of “Wadi Al-Shai” and “Wadi Azghiton” in Kirkuk province, north of the country, and the adjacent areas of the Hamrin Mountains range.
The expert on jihadist movements, “Sabrah Al-Qasimi,” says that any action against the “ISIS” terrorist organization is an action for the sake of humanity and aims to undermine the organization.
“Al-Qasimi” explained in exclusive statements to “The Reference” that the military operations against the remnants of “ISIS” in Iraq continue to this day.