Eight Islamic State members killed in security operation, north of Salahuddin

Iraqi troops drive armored vehicles during a military operation in Iraq

Baghdad ( Eight Islamic State members, including two suicide attackers, were killed, while six rest houses were destroyed, north of Salahuddin province, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said on Monday.

In a statement, Brig. Gen. Yahia Rasool, spokesperson for the ministry’s Security Media Center, said “security troops of the Salahuddin Operations Command, in collaboration with al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) and the army jets, carried out an operation in regions in Shirqat town.”

The operation, according to the statement, “left three rest houses destroyed by the army jets. Several terrorists possessing weapons were inside. Three tunnels were destroyed, while six militants were killed.”

The operation, also “left two suicide bombers killed.”

On Friday, Seven Islamic State members were killed, while four others were injured in an operation, north of Telool al-Baj region in Shirqat town.

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.

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