Iraqi military foils attempt to blow mosque, kill Islamic State members, west of Anbar

Iraqi troops drive armored vehicles during a military operation in Iraq

Baghdad ( The Iraqi military intelligence announced killing two Islamic State members and foiling an attempt to blow a mosque, west of Anbar.

In a statement on Wednesday, the department said troops of the 29th brigade of the seventh division managed today to foil an attempt to plant bombs near al-Sedeeq mosque in Hit town, west of Anbar.

Moreover, the department added that troops “managed, after thwarting the attempt, to arrest two Islamic State members who were going to carry out a terrorist attack.”

Last month, Eight Islamic State members were killed in airstrike launched by the Iraqi army in al-Ogeirsha region in the desert of Hit town, west of Ramadi. Earlier in May, the Iraqi military intelligence department announced foiling a terrorist scheme against troops in the desert of Anbar province. On the same day, a paramilitary leader was quoted saying that Iraqi army warplanes killed seven Islamic State militants after bombarding their locations in Wadi Jaal in Hit, west of Anbar.

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.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, in December, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

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