Security personnel, 3 Islamic State members killed in repelled attack, south of Mosul

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Mosul ( Three Islamic State members were killed in an attack repelled by the pro-government paramilitary troops, south of Mosul, a security source said on Saturday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said “three Islamic State members carried out an attack against Sharia village, south of Mosul.”

Meanwhile, “troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) repulsed the attack, leaving one personnel and three militants killed,” the source added.

The attack, according to the source, “is the third in 24 hours by Islamic State against south of Mosul.”

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.

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 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a report in December.

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

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