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Baghdad, IRAQ – Eleven terrorists of the Islamic State(ISIS) group were killed while trying to attack two villages in southwestern Kirkuk, a top security spokesman announced.

“A joint force from Hawija police and the Tribal Mobilization Forces repelled an attack by Islamic State against Gharib and Hanaf villages in southwestern Kirkuk, managing to kill 11 attackers, including five suicide bombers,” Altaghier TV channel quoted Spokesman for the Iraqi Security Media Council Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool as saying.

Unfortunately the clashes also left an Iraqi policeman and a member of the Tribal Mobilization Forces dead, Iraqi News reported.

The Tribal Mobilization Forces are very effective in fighting ISIS.

Meanwhile, three Islamic State members were killed in an attack repelled by the pro-government paramilitary troops, south of Mosul, a security source said on Saturday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said “three Islamic State members carried out an attack against Sharia village, south of Mosul.”

Also, “troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) repulsed the attack, leaving one personnel and three militants killed,” the source added.

The attack, according to the source, “is the third in 24 hours by Islamic State against south of Mosul.”

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 Islamic State 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.

As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a report in December.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, in December, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

In October, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that Iraqi troops recaptured Hawija, a main town held by Islamic State in the country.

The town had fallen to IS in June 2014, when the militant group seized control of much of northern and western Iraq and proclaimed the creation of a self-styled “caliphate”. There, Islamic State’s reign forced thousands to flee to refugee camps, while hundreds had been executed by the group for attempting to escape the area or contacting security forces.

It’s pure hell over there.



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