Iraqi army destroys six IS tunnels, detonates 29 explosives in Anbar

One of the tunnels that was used by the Islamic State in Mosul city. File photo

Anbar ( – The Iraqi army destroyed on Monday six Islamic State tunnels and detonated 29 explosive charges during a military operation in the western province of Anbar.

“The 7th infantry division of the Iraqi army launched a wide-scale military operation in the eastern and western parts of Wadi Hauran in Anabr province to track down Islamic State militants,” Almaalomah news website quoted the Iraqi Security Media Center as saying in a statement.

“The operation resulted in destroying six IS tunnels and three hotbeds, in addition to detonating 29 explosive charges,” the statement added.

The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.

Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.

Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.

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