Thirteen Islamic State members killed in security operation, south of Mosul

Iraqi forces patrol an area in Iraq during a military operation to push out Islamic State. File Photo

Mosul ( Thirteen Islamic State members were killed in a wide-scale security operation, south of Mosul, a senior source from Nineveh Operations Command said on Wednesday.

Speaking to BasNews website, Col. Zaher Hassan, said “a wide-scale operation was carried out in Kan’ous village, located between Qayyarah and Shirqat towns, after information showed infiltration of thirteen militants.”

The operation, according to Hassan, “left them all killed.”

Security troops imposed curfew in the region, Hassan added. “A campaign was carried out to inspect the villages and areas in its vicinity.”

Last week, the Nineveh Operations Command said sixteen Islamic State members were arrested in a security operation in south of Mosul. Moreover, the military intelligence announced arresting one of the militant group’s funders in northwest of Mosul. The Interior Ministry also said eight militants were arrested in an operation in west of the city.

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.

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.

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