Iraqi soldier killed, two others injured in bomb blast, west of Anbar

Iraqi troops gear up to fight remnants of Islamic State

Anbar ( A soldier was killed, while two others were profoundly injured as a bomb blast took place, west of Anbar, a security source said on Friday.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source from Anbar Operations Command said, “a bomb, from the remnants of Islamic State war, went off as army forces were carrying out an operation at regions at Rutba, near the borders between Iraq and Syria, west of Anbar, which left a soldier immediately killed, while two others seriously injured. They were taken to hospital for treatment.”

Security troops, according to the source, “closed all the roads leading to the blast spot fearing furthers explosions,” the source said, adding that “several regions on borders with Syria still endanger the military forces due to presence of war remnants.”

A report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said 94 Iraqis were killed, while 163 others were wounded due to Violence and armed conflicts during the month of May.

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.

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