Iraqi federal police kill 19 Islamic State militants in Nineveh

Members of Iraqi Federal Police carry their weapon at the frontline during a battle with Islamic State militants in western Mosul, Iraq June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Nineveh ( Iraqi Federal Police forces killed 19 Islamic State militants during a sweeping operation in Nineveh province, the service’s commander declared on Friday.

Raed Shaker Jawdat said in a statement that air force-backed troops besieged a group of Islamic State fighters in Makhmur region, between Nineveh and Salahuddin provinces, while combing the area.

He said a few firearms and a foodstuff depot were found after the encounter.

Iraq declared victory over Islamic State militants late 2017, ending three years of war to retake territories occupied by the extremist group. But the militants continue to stage occasional attacks against security members and civilians.


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