The Iraqi military announced that they destroyed three Islamic State tunnels in Makhoul Mountains in the northern province of Salahuddin.
“Security forces of Salahuddin Operations Command carried out a military campaign in Makhoul Mountains, managing to destroy three tunnels that were used by IS militants,” Alghad Press quoted spokesman for the Security Media Center Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool as saying in a statement.
“The troops found foodstuffs, blankets and bedding inside the tunnels,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, Iraqi warplanes killed on Wednesday three Islamic State terrorists in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, a military spokesman was quoted as saying.
“Acting on accurate intelligence reports, Iraqi jet fighters targeted three terrorists riding a motorbike in al-Mahkour village in Kirkuk,” Alghad Press quoted spokesman for the Security Media Center Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool as saying.
“The airstrike left the terrorists dead,” added the spokesman.
Also, Iraqi pro-government forces destroyed three hideouts and two tunnels of Islamic State in northwestern Salahuddin province on Sunday.
“A joint force from al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) and Salahuddin Operations Command launched a wide-scale military operation in 30 villages, northwest of Salahuddin, managing to destroy three hideouts and two tunnels that were used by Islamic State militants,” Almaalomah news website quoted the paramilitary force of al-Hashd al-Shaabi as saying.
“The troops also detonated 70 explosive charges,” the force said, adding that two of its fighters were injured when a booby-trapped house exploded.
Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence 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.
IS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, 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.
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.