Mortar attack rocks Iraqi village, leaves no casualties

A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces fires a mortar shell against Islamic State militants positions in western Mosul, Iraq May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Diyala ( – An Iraqi security source said on Sunday that seven mortar shells fell on a village in northeastern Diyala province.

Speaking to the privately-owned Baghdad Today news website, the source said that the mortar attack on al-Islah village on the outskirts of Jalawla, 70km northeast of Baqubah, left no casualties.

The terrorist Islamic State group is believed to be behind the mortar attack, added the source.

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

IS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.

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