A Shi’ite volunteer wearing a mask, who has joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), looks on during a parade on a street in Kanaan, Diyala province, June 26, 2014.
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – Four Islamic State militants were killed Monday in fierce clashes with Iraqi paramilitary fighters in Anbar province, a security source was quoted as saying.
“A force of the pro-government Tribal Mobilization Forces fought a fierce battle with a group of Islamic State terrorists at a village in Anbar province,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Baghdad Today website.
“The clashes left four Islamic State terrorists killed,” the source added, without giving further details.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.