Iraqi army guns down 3 Islamic State suicide bombers in Nineveh

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Nineveh ( – The Iraqi army killed on Sunday three Islamic State suicide bombers wearing explosive belts in Sinjar district in Nineveh province, a security expert said.

Speaking to Almaalomah news website, Fadel Abu Reghif said that army troops surrounded three Islamic State suicide bombers, who planned to blow themselves off in Sinjar district in Nineveh.

“The IS militants were gunned down before they could detonate themselves,” Abu Reghif added.

Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in November 2017 with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.

IS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.

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