Eleven Islamic State members killed in operation, west of Anbar

Iraqi soldiers carry weapons during an operation against Islamic State militants in the neighbourhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul, Iraq, December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Anbar ( Eleven Islamic State members were killed, while three booby-trapped vehicles were destroyed in an operation, west of Anbar, a security source from the mobilization forces of the province said on Friday.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said “security troops, backed by army jets, managed to kill eleven Islamic State members in an operation that targeted Wadi al-Halkoum region and caves in the northeast of Akashat region in Rutba, west of Anbar.”

Security troops, according to the source, also destroyed three booby-trapped vehicles as well as other weapons.

On Thursday, seven Islamic State members were killed in an operation carried out by the Iraqi troops in the western desert of Anbar. Fifteen militants were killed on Wednesday in a joint operation, by the Jazeera Operations Command, in collaboration with the U.S.-led Coalition troops, in Akashat region in Anbar.

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.

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.

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