Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi troops clashed on Wednesday with a group of Islamic State terrorists in Al-Qa’im district in Anbar, killing one of them, the Interior Ministry announced.
Iraqi website Mawazin News quoted the ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Saad Maan as saying that the clashes erupted after some members of the terrorist group were spotted moving in northern Al-Qa’im district.
“Immediately, the border guards clashed with them, killing a suicide bomber who was wearing an explosive belt,” the spokesman added.
Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence last November with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.
IS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.
In December, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.
However, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.