World Bulletin / News Desk
A force from the Peshmarga forces withdrew from the Qurat Teba district in Khaneqin district in Diala, while Iraqi army forces assumed the responsibility there, said a security source.
"The 34th force battalion of the Peshmarga forces withdrew from the Qurat Taba district in Khaneqin, northeast of Baaquba, heading for Kurdistan and the Iraqi army forces received the security responsibility there," the source, who asked to be unnamed, told VOI.
The Peshmarga brigade, comprising 4,000 troops, was located in Diyala to protect the Kurdish civilians in the district.
Iraq's security forces had launched a wide-scale security campaign in Diala province. The operation, codenamed Bashaer al-Kheir, after the armed group lost its strongholds in the western Iraq predominantly Sunni province of al-Anbar, where tribesmen fought its members and flushed them out of the city.
Because of its proximity to two major sources of water, Diala's main industry is agriculture, primarily dates grown in large Date Palm groves. It is also recognized as the orange capital of the Middle East.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Ağustos 2008, 13:33