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Iraqi troops retake 2 towns in eastern province

Iraqi authorities say Iraqi troops backed by Shia militias have retaken two towns seized previously by militants in an eastern province. Police officials in Diyala province said on Monday that Iraqi forces entered the towns of Saadiya and Julala late yesterday 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 northeast of Baghdad, and Sadiyah, 95 kilometers 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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