Eleven Islamic State members killed in operation by Peshmerga in Nineveh

The artillery of Peshmerga forces. File photo.

Nineveh ( Eleven Islamic State members were killed in Makhmur region in Nineveh province, a Peshmerga official said on Wednesday.

The Kurdish Rudaw network quoted Sirwan Barzani, who is in charge of the Peshmerga in Kuwair-Makhmur region, as saying that “Islamic State actions are ongoing at regions controlled by the Iraqi forces. The Coalition jets are covering the region, in cooperation with Peshmerga.”

Barzani added that “at 11 PM on Tuesday, five Islamic State hideouts were targeted there, leaving 11 militants killed.”

“No joint military operation has been carried out by both the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces in the region,” he added.

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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