Iraqi troops killed a senior Islamic State leader during a security campaign in Baghdad on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry said.
“A special force of the Samara Operations Command managed to kill a terrorist during a security operation in northwestern the Dhuluiya airport, north of Baghdad,” IKH News quoted the Security Media Center as saying in a statement.
The troops, according to the statement, “found three bombs, explosive materials and a gun with the slain terrorist.”
Last week Iraqi warplanes killed 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.
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 is thought to be behind many.
Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December 2017 with the help of a US-led alliance, having retaken all the territory captured by the extremists in 2014 and 2015.
Isolated cells believed to be linked to the Islamic State group remain active in some parts of the country. In recent weeks, suspected Islamic State insurgents have carried out several attacks targeting security forces and civilians across Iraq.
Source – Iraqi News