Five Islamic State members killed in army airstrike, north of Baghdad

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Baghdad ( Five Islamic State members were killed in an airstrike in north of Baghdad, a security source said on Saturday.

“Army jets launched an airstrike in al-Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, targeting a rest house of the Islamic State,” the source told Baghdad Today website.

“The airstrike left the rest house completely destroyed and the five members, who were inside, killed,” he added.

Earlier today, a bomb, placed near stores in al-Hamamiyat region, Taji district, went off leaving five persons wounded.

On Friday, a bomb exploded near a market in al-Mada’in district, southeast of Baghdad, leaving one killed and seven others wounded. Another bomb, placed on the side of the road in Suwaib region, went off leaving three people injured.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since a government campaign, backed by al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) and a U.S.-led international coalition, has been fighting the Islamic State group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

The war against IS has displaced nearly five million people, with tens of thousands of civilians and militants killed since the launch of the offensives to recapture occupied cities.

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