Senior Islamic State leader killed in explosion on borders between Diyala, Salahuddin

Iraqi security forces launch a major operation to stem out IS cells

Diyala ( A senior Islamic State leader was killed in an explosion on borders with Salahuddin province, a security source said on Friday.

Speaking to Baghdad Today website, the source said “ Emir-ul Jund [leader of soldiers] in the so-called Diyala State, known as Abu Baraa, was killed in an explosion of a rest house in the outskirts of Mutaibija, on borders between Diyala, Salauddin.”

Abu Baraa, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, “is considered an important Islamic State leader.”

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.

A total of 75 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 179 others were injured due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in September 2018, according to casualty figures by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

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

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