Three Islamic State members killed in operations, south of Mosul

Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) run with their weapons during clashes with Islamic State militants in frontline near university of Mosul, Iraq, January 13, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Mosul ( Iraqi joint troops have started purging several regions overlooking Tigris River, south of Mosul, military sources said.

Speaking to the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, the sources said the operations left Three Islamic State militants killed, as they were hiding in the islands in the river.

The operations, according to the sources, targeted eliminating the militants fearing attacks and explosions inside the city.

“Nineveh Operations Command was informed about presence of IS members hiding in the jungles and islands of Tigris,” Mohamed al-Hayali, policeman, said.

Earlier on the day, Baghdad Today website quoted a source as saying that a joint force from the Iraqi army and police, backed by the U.S.-led international coalition, launched an operation earlier to purge islands near Albu Saif village in Mosul from Islamic State remnants.

On Monday, a source from Nineveh police told BasNews website that three police personnel were killed as IS members set up an ambush and killed them using their guns in Ain al-Jahsh village, south of Mosul.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared in July victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25,000 Islamic State militants were killed throughout the campaign. Earlier this month, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

Last month, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

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