Islamic State members killed in security operation, north of Baghdad

Iraqi security forces launch a major operation to stem out IS cells

Baghdad ( Several Islamic State members were killed in an operation carried out by the pro-government paramilitary troops, north of Baghdad, the media service reported on Wednesday.

In a statement, al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said, “troops of the eighth brigade carried out, this evening, an operation in al-Tarmiyah district, north of Baghdad, depending on information from the intelligence.”

“Several IS members were killed there,” the statement said.

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, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, in December, 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.

A total of 91 Iraqi civilians were killed and 208 others were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in February, according to the monthly report issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 195 civilian casualties (49 killed, 146 injured). Anbar Governorate ranked second place, with 14 killed and 37 injured, and Diyala had 12 killed and 11 injured.

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