Iraqi troops seize three Islamic State hideouts in Anbar

One of the tunnels that was used by the Islamic State in Mosul.

Anbar ( – Iraqi security forces seized on Monday three hotbeds of Islamic State group during a security campaign in Anbar province, a security source said.

“A security force from al-Jazeera Operations Command, backed by fighters of the Tribal Mobilization Forces, carried out a security campaign in northwestern Anbar, during which three Islamic State hideouts were found and destroyed,” the source told Almaalomah news website.

The source added that the troops found a huge amount of ammunition and bombs in the hotbeds.

Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in Iraq 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.

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 and imposing its rule over some 10 million people.

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.

Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.

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