11 Islamic State members killed in operation, northwest of Salahuddin: Commander

Iraqi forces patrol an area in Iraq during a military operation to push out Islamic State. File Photo

Salahuddin ( Eleven Islamic State members were killed in a security operation, northwest of Salahuddin province, a commander was quoted saying on Thursday.

In a statement, Safaa al-Saadi, commander of Salahuddin within al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), said “troops, backed by army jets, carried out an operation in Wadi al-Therthar region, northwest of the province.”

The operation, according to Saadi, “left 11 Islamic State members killed, a rest house destroyed and explosives and weapons seized.”

Earlier today, two civilians were wounded in a bomb blast in the 600 region in Biji town, Salahuddin

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016.

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

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