Paramilitary troops kill three Islamic State militants in Hamrin Mountains

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Baghdad ( – Paramilitary troops announced on Wednesday killing three Islamic State militants within a training camp in Hamrin Mountains.

“The Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) 88th brigade destroyed a training camp of Islamic State in Hamrin Mountains and killed three militants who were inside it,” the PMF said in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Baghdad Today.

“The troops also destroyed the militant group’s food store,” the statement read, adding that the training camp was made up of over 20 hotbeds.

On Tuesday, the pro-government troops destroyed two vehicles loaded with weapons for IS militants in Hamreen mountains.

“The troops also managed to kill the militants who were on board the vehicles,” the media service of the forces said in a statement without clarifying the number of militants killed.

In October, Iraqi army’s ninth armored division and PMFs announced imposing full control on Hamreen Mountains, northeast of Iraq.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, earlier this month, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

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.

Since then, forces took back the group’s former capital, Mosul, the town of Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s Hawija, and each of Annah, Rawa and Qaim in Anbar.

The war against IS has displaced nearly five million people, with tens of thousands of civilians and militants killed since the launch of the offensives to recapture occupied cities.

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