The Anbar military operations command on Thursday (February 14th) announced the launch of a new military operation to crack down on al-Qaeda in the upper Euphrates areas.
Two army brigades and military helicopters will take part in the operation, officials said.
"The military campaign targets al-Qaeda cells fortified in areas and villages between Haditha and Heet," Anbar military operations commander Lt. Gen. Tariq al-Azzawi told Al-Shorfa.
The extremist cells fled to these areas from Fallujah and Ramadi, he said.
"Based on intelligence information, the army is moving to kill or arrest prominent al-Qaeda members involved in scores of terrorist crimes targeting Iraqis in the past two years," al-Azzawi said.