Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have killed four Islamic State militants in Salahuddin province, a security source said on Wednesday.
“While a patrol of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) was setting up an ambush at al-Qawshaja region, south of Amerli, in Salahuddin, confrontations occurred in the evening with Islamic State militants,” the source told Baghdad Today.
“The troops managed to kill four IS members and destroyed their vehicle, which urged the rest to run away,” he added.
“Reinforcements from the 52 brigade headed to the region to support troops there. They managed to control the situation and follow the militants for long distance south of Amerli,” the source said.
“Two of the PMFs were wounded during the clashes,” according to the source.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, earlier this month, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.
Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, have been fighting since October 2016 to retake territories Islamic State had occupied. Since then, forces took back the group’s former capital, Mosul, the town of Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s Hawija, and Anbar’s Annah, Rawa and Qaim.
The war against IS has so far displaced at least five million people. Thousands of others fled toward neighboring countries including Syria, Turkey and other European countries, since IS emerged to proclaim its self-styled “caliphate”.