BREAKING – Iraqi Special Forces carried out an unexpected military operation in Anbar province on Sunday, managing to kill 10 Islamic State (ISIS) militants, including a senior leader, who is code-named as the ISIS slaughterer, intelligence sources were quoted as saying.
The sources said, in statements to Shafaq News, that the troops launched the operation after receiving information about a plot by ISIS militants to target security forces in Anbar desert.
“Immediately, the troops geared up to hunt for ISIS plotters, who took the Anbar desert as a shelter, managing to kill 10 of them,” the sources pointed out, noting that among those killed in the operation is “Abu Taha al Tunsi, also known as the ISIS slaughterer, and nine of his companions.”
According to the sources, the troops also found a secret tunnel that was used by ISIS militant in Anbar desert, Iraqi News reports.
Meanwhile, twelve ISIS members were arrested on Wednesday in an operation carried out in al-Boweir village, west of Mosul. On Tuesday, the command said eighteen ISIS members, including foreign leaders, were killed in a security operation, south of Mosul. On the same day, the command said fourteen militants were arrested in operations carried out in west and south of the city.
Also, two Iraqi mayors were killed this week in separate armed attacks believed to be carried out by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Diyala province, government sources were quoted as saying.
Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.
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.
Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence earlier in November with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.
ISIS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by the US-led international coalition, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.