SWAT forces kill 5 Islamic State terrorists in Iraq’s Mosul

A Shi’ite volunteer wearing a mask, who has joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), looks on during a parade on a street in Kanaan, Diyala province, June 26, 2014.

Nineveh ( – Five Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Tuesday in a security operation in the Iraqi city of Mosul, chief of Nineveh police Brig. Gen. Hamad Names al-Jabouri was quoted as saying.

Speaking to the privately-owned Baghdad Today website, al-Jabouri said that SWAT forces, backed by the U.S.-led international coalition warplanes, carried out a security operation in al-Menkar village in southern Mosul.

“Five Islamic State terrorists were killed in the operation,” al-Jabouri added.

Former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announced in July 2017 liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from IS militants, who had captured it in 2014. More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.

The campaign was backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition.

Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in Iraq in November 2017 with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.

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