IRAQ –Four policemen, including an officer, were killed in an attack launched by Islamic State members, south of Mosul, an Iraqi security source from Nineveh said on Tuesday.
Speaking to DPA, the source said, “security troops invaded al-Shura region, 20 kilometers south of Mosul, in the wake of attack launched by IS members that left a police officer and three policemen killed, Iraqi News reports.
In related news, Maj.Gen. Hamad Names al-Jabouri, commander of Nineveh Police, announced arrested twenty IS members in an operation in western Mosul.
In a statement, Jabouri said “Nineveh police managed today, during an operation, to arrest 20 IS members in Souq al-Maash region, west of Mosul.”
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.
Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.
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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