Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – Up to 14 members of the Islamic State group were killed and four of their armored vehicles were destroyed during a security operation in Anbar, a military commander was quoted as saying.
Colonel Shaker Obeid al-Rishawy told BasNews website on Wednesday that security forces received intelligence reports about the presence of a group of IS terrorists in a desert area, south of A-Rutbah district in western Anbar.
“Immediately, the troops clashed with the IS terrorists, killing 14 of them and destroying four of their armored vehicles,” al-Rishawy pointed out.
He added that three underground hotbeds that were used by the militant group for storing ammunition were destroyed as well.
The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.
Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.
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.