43 IS militants killed, wounded as they planned attack on Iraqi troops, says commander
Baghdad – Pro-government fighters of Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi thwarted a planned terror attack by ISIS militants on security forces in a village on the Iraqi-Syrian border, leaving 43 terrorists dead and wounded, Iraqi News reports.
“Iraqi artillery targeted a hotbed grouping IS militants in the village of Baghuz on the Iraqi-Syrian border after receiving intelligence reports about a plot by those extremists to attack security forces,” Almaalomah news website quoted Commander of Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi operations in Western Anbar Qassim Mosleh as saying.
“The artillery shelling left 43 IS militants dead and wounded, and destroyed a large number of weaponry and armored vehicles that were planned to be used in the attack on the security forces,” he added.
Also, three ISIS militants were killed Saturday in an airstrike on a terrorist hotbed in Diyala, a well-placed provincial official said.
Sadeq al-Husseini, the head of the Security Committee in Diyala Provincial Council, told the Arabic-language SNG news website that Iraqi warplanes targeted a hotbed of Islamic State in al-Waqf basin, northeast of Baquba, leaving three terrorists dead.
The airstrike was launched following close coordination between the Iraqi Air Force and Intelligence Service, he added
Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.
Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi, an alliance of volunteer Shia paramilitary forces, actively backed the Iraqi government’s military campaign against IS since 2014, when they were formed upon a top Shia clergy edict to counter the Sunni Jihadist group.
They won official recognition as a national force in late 2016, becoming under the command of the prime minister, who is also the supreme commander of the armed forces.