Islamic State member killed before sneaking into north of Salahuddin

Popular Mobilization Forces

Salahuddin ( The pro-government paramilitary troops have killed an Islamic State member, north of Salahuddin province, a security source was quoted saying on Saturday.

“Troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) managed, today, to kill an Islamic State member who was trying to enter Shirqat town, north of Salahuddin, from the western side,” the source told Almaalomah website.

Shirqat, according to the source, “witnesses every now and then failed attempts by the militant group to sneak into the town as result of security presence on the front defense lines.”

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.

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014. However, the group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

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