Iraqi security forces kill two terrorists in Baghdad

A Shi’ite volunteer wearing a mask, who has joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), looks on during a parade on a street in Kanaan, Diyala province, June 26, 2014.

Baghdad ( – Iraqi authorities have announced that two terrorists were killed Sunday during a security operation in western Baghdad.

“A joint force of the 59th brigade and special forces managed to kill two terrorists in al-Ghazaliya neighborhood in the western outskirts of Baghdad,” the Baghdad Operations Command said in a statement, without giving further details.

Meanwhile, two Islamic State militants were arrested by the paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces in al-Jazirah region on the country’s vast border with Syria.

This came as part of a wide-scale military operation to pursue Islamic State remnants in the northwestern part of the country near the Syrian border.

Many IS militants are believed to have fled to sparsely-populated parts of the al-Jazirah region after suffering a series of defeats across Iraq and Syria.

Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December 2017 with the help of a US-led alliance, having retaken all the territory captured by the extremists in 2014 and 2015.

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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