Baiji (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi forces clashed on Saturday with Islamic State militants at an area in Salahuddin province after embarking on an operation to clear it from reminiscent terrorist cells.
The media service of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces said its troops clashed with Islamic State members near al-Fatha bridge in Hamreen mountains.
It explained that the forces had launched an operation to chase remnant militants in Mutaibija region, east of Salahuddin.
Iraq claimed victory over the extremist group late last year, ending three-years of war to retake areas the militants had occupied in 2014 to declare an “Islamic Caliphate”.
But since then, remnant cells remained at some desert areas, carrying out occasional attacks against security members and civilians.