8 tribal fighters killed, injured in Islamic State attack, southwest of Kirkuk

Tribal fighters in Kirkuk.

Kirkuk ( Eight Sunni tribal fighters were killed and injured in an attack carried out by Islamic State, southwest of Kirkuk, an informed security source said on Saturday.

Speaking to Shafaq News website, the source said Islamic State members set up an ambush for the Sunni fighters, in the evening, on the road of Makhus village in Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk.

The attack, according to the source, left five fighters killed and three others injured.
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.

A report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said 94 Iraqis were killed, while 163 others were wounded due to Violence and armed conflicts during the month of May.

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 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June, 2014.

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