Five IS leaders killed during reconnaissance operation in Anbar
An Iraqi military commander has said that five leaders of Islamic State have been killed during a reconnaissance operation in the western province of Anbar.
Speaking to IKH News website on Saturday, Commander of Anbar Operations Major General Mahmoud al-Falahi said that Iraqi warplanes were on a reconnaissance mission in Anbar’s western desert when they spotted a pickup truck carrying five Islamic State leaders.
He added that the troops immediately opened fire at the terrorists, killing them all.
“The troops also seized three explosive belts and a huge amount of weapons and ammunition during the operation,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Iraqi military intelligence forces arrested on Saturday an Islamic State militant in Anbar province.
The arrested terrorist was found to have been implicated in terrorist attacks launched by Islamic State against security forces in Anbar province, Iraqi website Alghad Press quoted the Security Media Center as saying in a statement,
The arrest was made after receiving accurate intelligence information that the terrorist was residing in Albu Ali al-Jasim district in Anabr, added the statement.
Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in Iraq in November 2017 with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.
The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.
Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.
Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.