Paramilitary troops repulse Islamic State attack, kill militant, north of Salahuddin

Popular Mobilization Forces

Salahuddin ( The pro-government paramilitary troops have killed Islamic State members while repelling an attack carried out, north of Salahuddin, a security source from the province said on Sunday.

“Troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) managed, today, to repulse a attack by Islamic State near Biji region, north of Salahuddin,” the source told Almaalomah website.

The troops “killed all members who were on board of a vehicle before they reached to the region,” the source said, adding that the security situation in stable.

Last week, two Islamic State members were arrested, while two rest houses were destroyed in an attack against a checkpoint in Samarra, Salahuddin province.

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.

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. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

In December, Iraq announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.

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