Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Ten Islamic State members were killed during an attempt to infiltrate into a region in south of Mosul, a security source was quoted saying on Monday.
“Iraqi jets, backed by the U.S.-led Coalition, managed to kill ten IS members while sneaking into al-Hawija village, where a wide scale campaign was launched last week leaving around 80 IS members killed and tens of others arrested,” the source told the National Iraqi News Agency.
“Security troops cordoned the whole village to start another operation after blocking all the exits,” according to the source.
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.
Last week, Iraqi army forces launched a clearing operation against IS militants based on intelligence information with support from the United States-led international coalition in “Jozor al-Makhlat” (islands) in Nineveh.
Thousands of IS 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.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared in July victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25,000 Islamic State militants were killed throughout the campaign. Abadi announced in December full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.