Iraqi forces have “liberated” Diyala province from the Islamic State jihadist group, retaking all populated areas of the eastern region, a top army officer said on Monday.

The symbolic victory for Baghdad, which has at times struggled to push IS back, could clear the way for further advances against the jihadists

“We announce the liberation of Diyala from the (IS) organisation,” Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir al-Zaidi said. […]