Salahuddin, IRAQ — The pro-government forces have repulsed an attack by Islamic State members who infiltrated into north of Salahuddin, killing all of the attackers, a security source was quoted saying on Thursday.
Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, “troops of the 51st brigade of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) repelled an attack by militants who sneaked into al-Meseihli village in Shirqat. All of the attackers were killed.”
Among the attackers, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, “were two Islamic State attackers who came from southwest of Hawija in Kirkuk.”
On Wednesday, five Iraqi security personnel were killed and wounded in an armed attack launched by ISIS members, south of Balad town in Salahuddin. Four ISIS members were killed as Iraqi army, backed by PMFs, repelled an infiltration attempt into Shirqat via western borders.
Earlier Right Wing Tribune reported that Iraqi troops killed on Wednesday seven Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists and seized a large cache of explosives and weapons in different parts in western Iraq, according to Iraqi News.
In a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Alghad Press, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said, “Troops of the Anbar Operations Command’s first brigade, in cooperation with federal police, paramilitary troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi and the U.S.-led international coalition, carried out a military operation to hunt for Islamic State militants hiding in western desert areas.”
“The troops killed seven ISIS militants and seized two of their vehicles, in addition to a large cache of explosives and weapons,” the statement read.
“Furthermore, the U.S.-led international coalition warplanes destroyed a tunnel that was used by ISIS militants in western Iraq,” the statement concluded.
ISIS has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.
The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.
Though most of the daily bombings go without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has declared it had been behind many.
Thousands of ISIS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, in December, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against ISIS members.
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