Iraqi paramilitary forces destroy Islamic State camp in Nineveh

Nineveh police. File photo.

Nineveh ( – An Iraqi pro-government force said on Tuesday that its personnel destroyed an Islamic State camp, housing explosive devices and weapons in Nineveh province.

In a press statement carried by the privately-owned Algahd Press website, the Popular Mobilization Forces said that the camp was found during a military operation near a lake in southwestern Nineveh.

The forces also found military uniforms, medical equipment and electronic devices inside the camp, the statement read.

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.

Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.

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