Salahuddin – (IraqiNews.com) An explosives mini-factory run by Islamic State militants in Salahuddin was destroyed by Iraqi army drones on Saturday, army media services reported.
CH4 drones destroyed a booby-trapped vehicle parked outside a haven for IED manufacturing in the village of Zawiya that contained more than 200 IEDs, the War Media Cell said in a statement.
Iraqi security forces occasionally report the destruction of booby-trapped vehicles which ISIS have used in their resistance to military and police operations.
Deadly explosions surged in Iraq since Islamic State militants took over a big proportion of Iraqi soils in 2014. The United Nations said earlier this month that at least 58000 people died in violence since then.
Iraqi security forces, assisted by US-led air forces and popular militias, continue operations seeking to clear the country from ISIS militants. The group has been sustaining defeats and losing ground since the beginning of an operation in October to retake the city of Mosul, its most outstanding stronghold in Iraq. It, however, began to carry out attacks at other provinces, something which observers believe is aimed at distracting security attention from Mosul and to divert focus away from its defeats there.