Eight Islamic State members killed in operations, west of Anbar

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

Anbar ( Five Islamic State members were killed in a security campaign in desert regions, west of Anbar, a leader from the mobilization forces in the province said on Monday.

In remarks to Almaalomah website, Qutri al-Obeidi said “security troops, backed by the army jets managed to kill five Islamic State members in an operation in Wadi Houran region, west of Anbar.”

Troops, according to Obeidi, “managed also destroy 10 motorbikes used by Islamic State members in attacking troops.”

Moreover, the Security Media Center said three militants were killed near the Iraqi-Syrian borders.

In a statement, the center said “al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) killed three militants and destroyed three motorbikes in Akashat region, near the borders between Iraq and Syria.”

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.

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.

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

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