Iraqi military denies Islamic State attack against checkpoint in Nineveh

A security checkpoint in Diyala

Baghdad ( The Iraqi military has denied news on an attack by Islamic State members against a checkpoint in Nineveh.

A statement by the Security Media Center said on Tuesday “What was tackled by media channels on an attack against a security checkpoint in al-Tayaran and al-Okaidat regions in Nineveh by Islamic State is untrue.”

The center, according to the statement, reiterated calls on media channels to “rely on official sources when publishing news on security issues.”

Last week, the pro-government al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) troops denied attacks carried out by Islamic State members against Nineveh,

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against security troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, in December, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members. The war against IS has displaced at least five million people.

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