Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – Eight Islamic State (IS) militants were killed Wednesday during a security operation in the western province of Anbar, a military commander said.
“The Jazeera Operations Command, backed by tribal mobilization fighters and army warplanes, carried out a preemptive security operation in the northern parts of Rawa, leaving eight IS terrorists dead,” Leader of al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Anbar Province, Qatari al-Obeidi told Alsumaria News.
The operation is still ongoing, he added.
The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city. Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.
Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.