Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Security source from the pro-government paramilitary troops in Anbar province have indicated presence of Islamic State members disguised in shepherds clothes in the northern regions of Ramadi city.
Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said, “information from the intelligence has revealed presence of some IS members, who move between Wadi al-Hadar region to Therthara lake and al-Dawajin region, north of Ramadi. They are disguised in clothes of shepherds.”
The militants, according to the source, “depend in gathering information about the security personnel on families of IS members who live there.”
The source also added that the militants “plan for terrorist operations against the security troops there.”
Thousands of IS 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.
In December, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members. However, 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.
As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, UNAMI said in a report in December.
The war against IS has displaced at least five million people.