Iraqi military foils terrorist scheme against troops in Anbar’s desert

Iraqi soldiers hunt for Islamic State militants

Baghdad ( The Iraqi military intelligence department has announced foiling a terrorist scheme against troops in the desert of Anbar province.

In a statement on Friday, the department said “the troops of the 10th division carried out an operation that managed to thwart a scheme planned by terrorists who were going to target the security forces.”

Moreover, the department said “an operation was launched that raided two rest houses of Islamic State, north of al-Thirthar desert in Anbar.” Huge amounts of weapons were seized inside them.

Earlier today, 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.

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

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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