Iraqi forces destroy strategic Islamic State tunnel in Hamrin mountains

Members of the Iraqi Federal Police forces stand inside an underground tunnel dug by Islamic State militants south of western Mosul’s Old City.

Diyala ( – Iraqi security forces destroyed on Monday a strategic tunnel used by Islamic State militants in Hamrin Mountains, a security source was quoted as saying.

The source told Arabic-language Almaalomah news website that the strategic tunnel, extending to hundreds of kilometers, was used by the IS militants to move from one place to another in order to carry out terrorist attacks.

According to the source, the whole area is being combed by security forces and fighters of al-Hashd al-Shaabi “in search of any Islamic State militants.”

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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