Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – An Islamic State terrorist was killed Wednesday during a military operation in al-Qayyarah district in Nineveh, an Iraqi mayor said.
“Troops of the paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces managed to kill an Islamic State terrorist near a desert area in al-Qayyarah district, south of Mosul,” Salah al-Jabouri, the mayor of al-Qayyarah, told the privately-owned Almaalomah news website.
The IS terrorist, according to the mayor, “tried to escape the scene but the PMF members were able to shoot him down.”
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.