Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces on Wednesday freed 30 civilians, who had been besieged by Islamic State militants in a mountainous area in Salahuddin.
Islamic State militants opened fire at the civilians while hunting in Makhoul Mountain in Salahuddin, Baghdad Today website quoted the PMF media service as saying in a statement.
According to the statement, a PMF force rushed to the scene and clashed with the IS attackers.
Two IS militants were wounded in the clashes, the statement added.
Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence 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.
IS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.