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Iraqi troops retake 2 towns in eastern province

AP , Monday 24 Nov 2014
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A member of the Iraqi security forces fires his weapon during an intensive security deployment after clashes with Islamic State militants in Saadiya, Diyala province November 23, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Iraqi authorities say Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militias have retaken two towns seized previously by militants in an eastern province.

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

The fighting is still continuing with some pockets of resistance outside the two towns, said the police officials.

Islamic militants seized the towns of Jalula, 125 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Baghdad, and Sadiyah, 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of the capital during a stunning blitz in June which enabled the Islamic State group to take control of large swaths of land in the country's north and west.

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