Kirkuk,IRAQ – Six Islamic State (ISIS) militants were killed in a security operation that was launched earlier on Sunday to purge villages located in southwestern the oil-rich Kirkuk province from terrorism, a security source was quoted as saying.
Speaking to Baghdad Today news website, the source said, “Iraqi police, backed by pro-government troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi, also found 11 explosive charges, nine tunnels and two booby-trapped vehicles that were used by the IS insurgents.”
The security operation was launched upon accurate intelligence reports to purge villages in Riyad district, southwest of Kirkuk, from Islamic State militants.
Federal police, backed by Iraqi warplanes and troops of the 2nd, 11th, 16th and 41st brigades of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) are taking part in the operation, Iraqi News reports.
Earlier Right Wing Tribune reported that The Central Criminal Court in Baghdad have sentenced 13 Turkish women to death over affiliation to Islamic State.
The court sentenced two other Turkish women to life over the same accusation, according to the Shiite satellite TV channel al-Ahd.
On Wednesday, the same court sentenced number of women to life and death over belonging to Islamic State. Some of them were Azeri, Turkish and Iraqi, Iraqi News reported.
In February, an Iraqi court ordered deporting a French female jihadist to her country after serving a seven-year jail term.
A court in Diyala sentenced, in January, an Islamic State militant to death over involvement in killing 47 civilians in 2006. Moreover, the court in Baghdad sentenced a German female suspect of Moroccan origins to death over involvement with Islamic State militant group.
During investigations, she admitted to traveling from Germany to Syria then to Iraq as she believed in the ISIS. She accompanied her two daughters, who were then married to ISIS members.
The Diyala court issued two death sentences against a terrorist for transferring two suicide attackers, one of whom blew up himself in a funeral, while the other targeted a coffee shop in Muqdadiya.
Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December with the help of a US-led alliance, having retaken all the territory captured by the extremists in 2014 and 2015.
Thousands of ISIS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since a government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.
Despite the victory over ISIS in Iraq, observers say ISIS is believed to constitute a security threat even after the group’s defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.