Iraqi intelligence kill two Islamic State jihadists in Mosul

Paramilitary fighters and military vehicles are seen during a military operation to retake positions held by Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Muqdadiyah in Diyala province, north of Baghdad January 25, 2015. Picture taken January 25, 2015. REUTERS

Mosul ( – Iraqi military intelligence forces killed on Monday two Islamic State terrorists during a military operation in Mosul city.

In a press statement, the Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate said that its troops have stormed a terrorist hotbed of the Islamic State terrorist group in al Baaj district, west of Mosul.

The troops killed two IS terrorists and found two motorbikes, two firearms and an explosive belt inside the pair’s hotbed.

The operation was launched based on intelligence reports, the statement read.

Former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announced in July 2017 liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from IS militants, who had captured it in 2014. More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.

The campaign was backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition.

Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in Iraq 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.

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