Four border troops personnel killed in Islamic State attack, west of Anbar

Soldiers guard the Jordanian borders. File photo.

Anbar ( Four border troops personnel were killed in an ambush launched by Islamic State members, west of Anbar, a security source was quoted saying on Wednesday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, “four border troops personnel were trapped by Islamic State members, who set up an ambush on the international highway near border exit with Jordan.”

“The militants attacked the security personnel using different weapons on highway, leaving them all killed,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.

A total of 91 Iraqi civilians were killed and 208 others were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in February, according to the monthly report issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 195 civilian casualties (49 killed, 146 injured). Anbar Governorate ranked second place, with 14 killed and 37 injured, and Diyala had 12 killed and 11 injured.

Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, in December, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members. However, 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.

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