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Iraqi troops retake two towns

Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militias have retaken two towns seized previously by militants in an eastern province, authorities have said.

Police officials in Diyala province said 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, 80 miles (125km) north-east of Baghdad, and Sadiyah, 60 miles (95 km) north of the capital during a stunning blitz in June which enabled the Islamic State group to take control of large swathes of land in the country's north and west.

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